Galway City Partenrship delivers the evidence based Incredible Years Programme in Galway, with the aim of improving social and emotional competencies among children and improving school readiness with the long-term goal of reducing the incidence of early school leaving. The Incredible Years Programme contains three separate training programmes for teachers, children and parents. It is an evidence based prevention and intervention programme devised in America by Dr. Carolyn Webster Stratton to enhance social and emotional competencies in children aged 2-10 years. The Incredible Years Programme contains three separate training programmes for teachers, children and parents. Currently the Incredible Years Programme is being run in six Pre-schools and six Primary schools in Galway City.
Dina in the Classroom Programme (Pre-School):
The Incredible Years programme ‘Dina in the Classroom’ for pre-schools in GalwayCity was established in March 2008 with funding from The St Vincent de Paul, Maureen O’Connell fund. Over a three year period, the programme was introduced in 6 Community Pre-schools in the city with approximately 400 children learning social and emotional skills during circle time using puppets, DVD’s and games. The pre-school workers are trained to deliver the topics, which include school rules, expressing feelings, solving problems and being friendly. Throughout the entire day the pre-school workers use positive reinforcement and incentives to support the curriculum. The parents are involved in the programme through information sessions, regular explanatory notes and homework sessions with their children. These parents were also offered a place on an Incredible Years Parenting Programme during the school year. This project has now been completed with 8 pre-school staff having received accreditation from Incredible Years, Seattle. Each pre-school have the resources and training to deliver the programme as part of their curriculum each year. An evaluation of this programme ‘Making a Difference’ was undertaken by Dr. Michelle Millar, Child and Family Research Centre, UNESCO NUIG in 2012. It was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald in April 2012 and further details of report are available here:
Following the success of the Galway Project, St. Michael’s SVP conference in Ballinasloe requested Galway City Partnership to deliver an Incredible Years Project in Ballinalsoe. Funding was received from Maureen O’Connell SVP Fund as well as co funding from Galway Rural Development Ltd and GalwayCity and County Childcare Committee. The project commenced in February 2012 with training for Pre-school/primary School Staff in Dina in the Classroom and training for facilitators in The Incredible Years Parenting Programme. Two parenting programmes have been completed this year and four pre-schools are working with the Incredible Years
DinaSchool is the children’s programme running in three primary schools in Galway. Dina School strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills, as well as appropriate classroom behaviours. These topics are covered over 22 weekly two-hour sessions with six children who have been identified by the school as needing additional support for various reasons. The programme in Galway has been running since 2007 and we work in partnership with the Schools Completion Programme and schools themselves to facilitate DinaSchool. These parents are requested to attend an Incredible Years Parenting programme during the school year in order to support the news skills their children are learning.
For further information on any queries about the programme please contact Mary Mc Hugh on (091) 773466 or Email [email protected].