Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC)

What the ABC Programme is about?

Mission:

Through prevention and early intervention approaches the Area Based Childhood Programme aims to work in partnership with families, practitioners, communities and national Stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for children and families living in areas where poverty is most deeply entrenched.

What do ABC programmes do?

The Area Based Childhood Programme aims to work in partnership with families, practitioners, communities and national stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for children and families living in areas where poverty is most deeply entrenched.  The ABC Programme works from a strengths-based approach, harnessing the talents, abilities and capabilities of the family and community.  This is done using prevention and early intervention approaches (PEI).

Prevention (identifying potential issues or vulnerabilities before they happen and putting supports in place to prevent them) and Early Intervention (intervening early to prevent difficulties escalating, helping children become more resilient and realise their full potential) are essential to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

We work with families from antenatal to school-going and beyond.

ABC sites operate at three levels of change:

  • Frontline delivery of PEI services for children and families which support early child development
  • Capacity building, facilitation, and support to other service providers to implement evidence-based ways of working
  • Systems change efforts with managers and decision makers at local, regional and national level.

The services listed on this page are for Practitioners only.  Please visit the parent page for parents’ services.

Regional Area & ABC Sites

Lead Agent

Practitioner  Programmes

Link to ABC Websites

Dublin Mid Leinster

   

Ballyfermot - Family Matters

Ballyfermot / Chapelizod Partnership

  • Infant Mental Health Network
  • Up to 2 Programme
  • Circle of Security
  • Early Years Support
  • Oral Language SlT & Language Supports
  • Family Development Programme
  • Life-skills Programme
  • YMH Supports/Advocacy
  • Mental Health Training

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Clondalkin - Blue Skies

Archways

  • Ante-Natal Programme
  • Infant Mental Health
  • EY Transitions Programme
  • Restorative Practice Programme
  • ACES Awareness
  • Incredible Years Dina

website

Childhood Development Initiative - (CDI) Tallaght

 
  • Doodle Den
  • Doodle Families
  • Chit Chat Speech & Language Summer Course(teachers)
  • Restorative Practice
  • Infant Mental Health Network
  • Parental Engagement & Relationships(PEAR-Training)
  • Quality Services, Better Outcomes Training

website

Docklands & East inner City - Early Learning Initiative (ELI)

NCI

  • Early Numeracy programme
  • Zoom ahead with books
  • ParentChild+ Home Visiting – Mentoring other sites
  • Doodle Den
  • Restorative Practice

website

Wicklow Bray - Supporting Parents & Early Childhood Services (SPECS)

Bray Area Partnership

  • Infant Mental Health
  • Circle of Security
  • Roots of Empathy
  • Early Years Supports-Transitions/Behaviour management/ trauma informed practice

website

    

Dublin North East

   

Ballymun - Youngballymun

 
  • Infant Mental Health (IMH) courses for practitioners including IMH Masterclass and workshops
  • IMH Network & support to Co-ordinators
  • COS Practitioner Peer Support
  • Capacity Building with Practitioners-Reflective supervision.
  • Early Years Support (coaching & Reflective supervision)
  • Oral Language Forum
  • Supporting capacity of practitioners in delivering the incredible Years Programmes

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Louth - The Genesis Programme

Louth Leader Partnership

  • Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Programme Training
  • Incredible Years Classroom Dina Training
  • Incredible Years Small Group Dina Training
  • Incredible Beginnings Training
  • KiVa Anti Bullying Programme
  • Hanen Language Programme
  • Flying Start Transitions Programme
  • First 3 Years Initiative – Training in Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Incredible Years Parent and Baby Programme
  • ParentChild+ Home Visiting
  • Restorative Practice
  • Strengthening Families Programme

website

Docklands & Dublin East inner City - Early Learning Initiative (ELI)

NCI

  • Early Numeracy programme
  • Zoom ahead with books
  • ParentChild+ Home Visiting – Mentoring other sites
  • Doodle Den
  • Restorative Practice

website

Finglas - Better Finglas

Barnardos

  • IMH Network
  • Trauma Informed Learning Network
  • Nurture Schools
  • Wizard of Words
  • Hanen
  • Aisteoir/Siolta
  • High Scope Mindfulness for EY Practitioners

website

Grangegorman - Grangegorman ABC

DIT

  • Incredible Years Parent and School
  • Referral Pathways
  • Up-skilling Early years
  • Family Support
  • Infant & Child Mental Health

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Darndale - Preparing For Life (PFL)

North Side Partnership

  • Early Years – Strengthening Foundations of Learning: Coaching, Mentoring and CPD for Early Years Educators
  • Infant Mental Health Network – Training, support and CPD for practitioners
  • Inter-agency Collaboration

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South

   

Cork - Let’s Grow Together

Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG

  • IMH training for Early Years Practitioners
  • IMH Masterclass
  • IMH Network Groups
  • Incredible Years Classroom Dina programme
  • Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management
  • Learning Language and Loving It™ The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators
  • ABC and Beyond™ The Hanen Program® for Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings
  • KidScope Paediatric Clinic
  • Undergraduate training and education for Speech and Language Therapy Students in partnership with UCC
  • HighScope Implementation Course
  • Mentoring for Early Years and Early Start settings.

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West

   

Limerick - Start Right

Paul Partnership

  • An introduction to understanding Infant Mental Health (Workshop)
  • The Baby Room Project
  • Children`s Social and Emotional Development
  • Supporting Challenging Behaviour
  • Marte Meo: Supportive Interactions
  • Supporting Play Sessions (Preschool, toddler and baby)
  • Sensory Play
  • Trauma in the Early Years
  • Introduction to the Aistear / Siolta Practice Guide
  • Key Person Approach
  • Reflective Practice for Early Years
  • Babbling Babies (in service or in community)
  • Wobbler Words
  • Toddler Talk
  • Communication and the growing Brain
  • Teacher Talk/ Learning Language and Loving it Hanen programme
  • Bringing stories to life 4 rooms BWTP/s library parent and toddler sessions
  • Rhyme time fun Community practitioners
  • Story time fun Community practitioners
  • Early Talkboost (EYPs and teachers)
  • Talkboost Key Stage 1 (teachers)
  • Word Aware Information sessions (teachers)
  • Loving language (teachers LECETB)
  • Family reading (teachers LCETB)

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