The Children’s Project provides a high quality developmental service to children whose parents / family members live with the impact of drug or alcohol misuse.
21 children attend our Morning and Afternoon group on a daily basis with the addition of a drop-in service for emergencies. The project facilitates parents to attend the services of the addiction team.
What is the Children’s Project?
The daily programme and environment is very child-centred and respectful of the child and their family. Each child has a care plan where their social, emotional, educational and physical development is encouraged and supported. Some children and parents are offered individual therapeutic support if required. Parents are also supported with childcare concerns or any issues that hinder their ability to meet the needs of their children. Their childcare worker is available to attend meetings with parents and make referrals with the parents on behalf of the child. We also engage in Inter-agency work with other child care services in order to achieve effective responses for children whose parents struggle with addiction.
The children’s project as part of our strategic plan has started an intergenerational learning programme with the children’s project and elderly people from a local nursing home. The children visit the nursing home weekly to participate in planned activities. This active learning experience between the children and elderly residences allow both groups to build friendships, learn from one another and have fun.
Intergenerational learning has many benefits for the children, elderly people and their community which include; Improved health and well-being; Reduced isolation; Increased self-worth, confidence & feeling valued; Learning and sharing new skills; Build social capital and community cohesion; Promote Active & Heathy Living; Enhancing civic participation and active citizenship
Morning & Afternoon Groups
Our morning group caters for children between the ages of 4 months and 4 years. It works on a High Scope Model which has supported the children to become more confident, more skilled and to meet their development milestones through the programme we offer.
Our Afternoon Group which focusses on the primary school age group provides school collections, supports home work time, daily nutritious meals, small group work, sensory, play and art work where children can express themselves in a safe space. We work in partnership with parents and other childcare
agencies to support the needs of the children in this group.
Triple P is a strategy that promotes positive parenting through active and experiential practise. A parent is offered 10 individual weekly sessions. The programme offers practical strategies based on the needs of their children in which they can use at home. A typical session provides opportunities for parents to learn through observation, discussion, practice and feedback. DVD footage and role modelling between parent and childcare worker are used to demonstrate parenting skills. Between each session, parents practice the strategies and use behaviour monitoring to consolidate their learning.
Triple P focusses on children aged between 0-10 years. It is mainly for parents who are challenged by the children’s presenting needs.
Feedback from parents is very positive from those who have participated have completed the 10-week programme
9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday
If you would like more information on the Children’s Project in Frontline please contact our Childcare Manager on 01 4736502 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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