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National Childhood Network (NCN)

Additional Needs


Additional Needs

In this section we hope to provide you with a range of resources that support additional needs.

If your child has a disability or you suspect they may, you will find a number of resources below that may be helpful.

Childlinks - Diversity & Equality in Early Childhood Education and Care: an Irish perspective

In this issue of ChildLinks, Colette Murray from EDeNn discusses diversity and equality from an Irish perspective, looking at the need for a comprehensive approach to diversity and equality in ECCE (early childhood care and education) and raises questions for the early years sector regarding future work for social justice and inclusion.

ChildLinks - how early childhood care and education(ECCE)provides for children with additional needs

Children with disabilities do at least as well, developmentally, in good quality inclusive early education and care settings, with supports, as they do in segregated specialist settings.

Parents Plus

Parents Plus Special Needs Programme


Parents Plus Special Needs Programme is a practical, solution-focused programme which draws on parents strengths. It is suitable for parents who are raising an older child or adolescent with a mild, moderate or severe intellectual disability, and who may also have an additional diagnosis, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a physical disability.

This programme will help parents to learn how to:                      – personally cope and manage stress                                          – deal with the challenges of adolescence                                    – support the needs of your other children                                 – manage challenging behaviour

It will also help parents to  support their child to:                    – learn social skills and build friendships                                      – deal with puberty and sexuality                                                – gain confidence and self esteem                                              – be more independent


Parent Power

Parent Power 

Parent Power has been developed for the following reasons:        To introduce and promote the idea of parents working together more, and using Parent Power to improve outcomes for all of our children.
To provide information from the Planet Youth survey to parents that have children in national school.
To provide some simple guidance for parents on key topics.
To provide links to useful resources.

Click to access Parent Power Preschool Children Booklet
Parent Power National School Children Booklet (Free to download in a range of languages)

Parenting Monaghan

Information on parenting supports in Co. Monaghan.