Facts & Figures January 2016

Parent-Child Psychological Support Programme

1,652 babies have attended the Parent-Child Psychological Support Programme

70% of all babies born in Ballymun attend the Parent-Child Psychological Suppport Programme within six months of birth

Practitioner capacity building and parent supports 

77 practitioners have attended Infant Mental Health training

114 parents & 12 professionals have attended 'Hanen You Make the Difference' courses

238 parents have attended Baby Massage training courses

151 expectant mothers and partners have attended Ante Natal training courses

parents and babies have attended Talk & Play Every Day groups 

parents and babies have attended 16 workshops on a range of topics such as Fussy Feeding/Sleeping, Baby First Aid

Health Care Professionals including HSE Public Health Nurses, Speech  and Language Therapists and Psychologists have been trained in the Parent-Child Psychological Support Programme by programme designer,  Dr. Angeles Cerezo, University of Valencia.

30 practitioners from 15 local statutory and community services are members of the Infant Mental Health Study Group which meets monthly.


Learning Years

1,359 children have benefited from this service over the last 5 years

We support 116 practitioners in 7 settings

Capacity building

75 Early Years practitioners have received training in Imlementing the Highscope Approach

Early Years practitiones have received training in the Advanced Highscope Approach 

Early Years practitioners have received Highscope Infant and Toddler training

practitioners from 7 Early Years settings have attended Hanen Teacher Talk Training co-faciliated by HSE Speech and Language Therapy Team and youngballymun

6 Managers completed an Early Years Leadership Development Programme
22 practitioners have attended a workshop on "Introduction to Aistear-The National Curriculum Framework"

Poppintree Early Years Educaton Centre, St. Margaret's Preschool and Naionra an tSeachtar Laoch have now completed the formal SÁolta Quality Assurance Programme.

Child and parent programmes 

1,441 children have benefited from Dina in the Classroom Curriculum in Junior and Senior Infants

 parents have participated in the Basic Parenting Programme with a completion rate of 66%

88 parents have participated in the Toddler Parenting Programmes for parents of 1-3 year olds.  This programme is co-delivered by the Incredible Years and Ready Steady Grow teams.   

Capacity building

62% of current teachers are Incredible Years trained

teachers are trained in Teacher Classroom Management

 teachers are trained in Dina in the Classroom    

 practitioners have received Basic Parenting Group Leader training


Primary school pupils 


3,618 students have benefitted from Write Minded Services supports to date.

Currently, 2,124 primary school pupils from junior infants to sixth class are attending Ballymun primary schools involved in Write Minded.

Teacher capacity building 

170 teachers across all 11 primary schools are receiving support in tailoring and implementing a whole school plan for English and Literacy Across the Curriculum.

All 170 teachers have taken part in professional development in First Steps resources.

26 First Steps Tutors receive monthly tips and resources for supporting pupils' literacy development. 

A wide range of other literacy capacity building supports have been provided to primary schools including training on reading fluency, spelling, reading comprehension, writing, word knowledge, language variation, phonics and ICT for literacy.  Very large numbers of teachers have participated. 

All 11 primary schools are equipped with materials and resources to support language and literacy development and share information about literacy best practice. 

Primary schools implement a range of innovative literacy activities including Storytime in infant classes, paired reading, 'Language towards literacy', and vocabulary enrichment programmes.

Comprehensive analysis of longitudinal standardised reading assessments is shared with all schools annually at class, school and community level.



Family literacy

317 parents and community workers have completed 8-week long Story Sacks courses
418 parents have attended Incredible Book Clubs
An average of 60 parents attend each Breakfast Buddies literacy sessions which take place twice per term.  There have been 28 sessions to date.

800 families received parent literacy data leaflets

Thousands of families have received literacy materials including books about the importance of families in children's literacy development, literacy activity packs and story books.

Community capacity building

47 community project staff and youth workers have attended 6 workshops on integrating literacy into summer projects as part of the summer slide initiative

13 community groups are supported to integrate literacy into their summer programmes as part of the summer slide initiative.

4 community facilitators are trained to deliver Story Sacks

Literacy activity books distributed to all community projects each summer

Transitions programme 

1,400 pupils have completed transitions programme between primary and secondary school over the last five years
194 parents have attended workshops in transitions to post-primary school.
30 pupils have participated in Study Skills workshops for secondary school pupils
20 Learning Support/Resource teachers, Home School Community Liaison teachers, School Completion staff and youth workers attended a SESS workshop on supporting pupils with special educational needs in making the transition to secondary school
34 pupils attended after school "Study Skills" workshops for Secondary School