“Play is the highest form of research”

Albert Einstein

Positive parent-child relationships help children learn about their world. They learn what is safe (and what is not), what is love, who loves them, what will happen when they are upset, happy or scared and much more.

There is no book nor website that will tell you how to get your relationship right with your pre-schooler. There will be times when it’s hard. But if you hold onto what works well and learn from when you are not at your best your pre-schooler will feel loved and secure.

We strive to provide programmes and activities that supports your loving relationship with your pre-schooler.

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Parenting Programmes

Are you interested joining a parenting programme where you can meet other parents; develop your parenting skills and explore solutions to the challenges we meet as parents? We have parenting programmes that focus on all the various stages of our children’s lives.  For the pre-schoolers we have:

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The Increadible Years Parent Programme

This is a 14-week programme for parents of children aged 3 and over that supports parents and builds optimal parenting skills. The programme focuses on strengthening children's social skills, emotional regulation and school readiness skills, using praise and incentives to encourage cooperative behaviour, positive discipline - rules, routines and effective limit setting. Parents learn to strengthen parent-child interactions and reduce harsh discipline. The programme also looks at self-care and establishing peer support networks.

Target Group: Parents of children aged 3-8 years
Duration: 14 weeks x 2.5 hours

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Increadible Years School Readiness Programme

The Incredible Years School Readiness Programme is a parenting programme designed to promote preschool children’s school readiness. This programme follows on from the Basic Parent Programme. The objectives are to improve children’s school readiness by enhancing their language, reading, and social skills.

Target Group: Parents of children entering junior infants
Duration: 4 weeks x 2.5 hours

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To sign -up or find out more complete our confidential contact form and one of our staff will be in touch.

To find out when our next programme is on just click on our calendar.

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Circle of Security Parenting Programme

We have all felt clueless about what our child might need from us. Being able to make sense of what your child is really asking of you supports the relationship between you both. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ Programme provides a space where secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Using the Circle of Security model, our trained Facilitators work with you to:

• Understand your child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
• Support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
• Enhance the development of your child's self esteem
• Honour the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure

Target Group: for parents of new-borns- 8 years
Duration: 8 weeks x 2 hours

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To sign -up or find out more complete our confidential contact form and one of our staff will be in touch.

To find out when our next programme is on just click on our calendar.

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The Parent and Toddler Group

The Parent and Toddler Group is a space for pre-school children to explore, socialise and build relationships through both structured and unstructured play. Parents are supported to engage in fun activities with their children while also finding time to have a coffee and a scone with other grown-ups!

Many parents find the group a great space for building relationships with other parents and finding support for everyday parenting. It’s also a great way to find out what else is happening locally for parents and children.

The group meets every Thursday from 10am to 12pm in Northside Family Resource Centre, Clonconnane Road, Ballynanty.

Parents are asked to contribute €2 a week to go towards the costs of refreshments and toys.

To sign -up or find out more complete our confidential contact form and one of our staff will be in touch.

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Parenting Support Workshops

We invite speakers in to the centre to give informative talks to parents and carers throughout the year. These are usually two- hour workshops: some are held in the morning and others in the evening to suit parents with different schedules. These talks have been on topics such as Emotional Regulation, ADHD, Child Development, baby weaning and paediatric first aid. We have also explored topics such as healthy nutrition and diet for families and held workshops on parent/child mental health. We advertise these workshops on our website and our Facebook Page

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Apply for your place today. We've lots to offer.

Please complete our Confidential Contact Form and one of our staff will be in touch.