LATEST NEWS: Professor Emer Smyth from the ESRI launches Flying Start

In Ardee Library on Friday 18th October 2019, The Genesis Programme launched Flying Start – a new framework supporting children, parents and professionals on the key transitions that happen in the first five years of a child’s life.

Professor Emer Smyth from the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) and an expert in transitions gave the keynote address during which she said ‘most children settle into primary school easily but some children face greater challenges. Positive relationships between teachers and students play a crucial role in easing difficulties’.

The Flying Start website www.flyingstart.ie outlines this framework and provides information and support across three definitive transition stages:
1. The Transition to Parenthood
2. The Transition to Early and Learning and Care
3. The Transition to Primary School

To go to the Flying Start website click here Flying Start

Included in the Flying Start framework is a revamped Little Steps to Big School programme that was originally developed by Louth Leader Partnership, Louth County Childcare Committee and Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2012.This has a wealth of interactive and dynamic resources for parents and professionals.

The development of Flying Start has parents and children at the core but it will also be a very useful resource for professionals working with children and their families.

Transitions are a natural and normal part of growth and development. The first five years of a child’s life are full of changes, from being expectant parents’ right through to waving your child off on the first day of primary school. These changes all come with a degree of uncertainty. Flying Start supports parents, children and professionals in making the first five years of a child’s life an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

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The ABC Programme

The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme is a prevention and early intervention initiative targeting investment in effective services to improve the outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage. It is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).

The ABC Programme is being delivered in 13 areas of disadvantage in Ireland, led by local consortia who co-ordinate the planning and delivery of services in their area.

Since autumn 2018 the ABC Programme is aligned with Tusla.




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The Changing Lives Initiative

The Changing Lives Initiative supports families of children aged 3 to 7 years who are at risk of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

It offers a programme for families consisting of an information and awareness programme, a screening programme, and an intervention in the form of a 20 session Incredible Years parent programme.

In addition to working with families, The Changing Lives Initiative will offer separate information and awareness workshops for those working with young children, in particular teachers and early years practitioners.
Group based parent programmes are recommended as the first course of intervention for young children with behaviour consistent with ADHD by leading international bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE UK) and the Global ADHD Working Group.

The new Initiative will be delivered across County Louth, Colin/West Belfast, and the Argyll & Bute region of Scotland.

The project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme,
managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

For more information please contact The Changing Lives Initiative Louth Team

Unit 37, Regional Development Centre
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Co Louth
Phone: 042 – 950 2220
Email: help@genesislouth.ie
Website: www.changinglivesinitiative.com
Facebook: Changing Lives Initiative / @changingliveslouth

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