Meet our Research Partners

Who we Are

National Childhood Network (NCN) exists to support the achievement of high quality standards in a range of early years and school age childcare services for children aged from 6 months- 14 years. Established 21 years ago as the Border Counties Childcare Network with financial support from the Special EU Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and the Department of Health the Network has provided a valuable forum for representatives from a range of voluntary, private and statutory agencies to work together to support the development of care and education services that promote children’s health, well-being, learning development. Initially formed to support service development in the Southern Border Counties the Network has expanded its remit in recent years to support service delivery across the island of Ireland thanks to both receiving funding from and working in partnership with a range of agencies including the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the HSE, the Department of Employment and Social Protection. Managed by a voluntary board of management, the organisation is non profit making and employs a core staff team and panel of trainers with expertise in promoting children’s care and education.

What we do
How we support Child Paths

In striving to find different ways of supporting the childhood sector to deliver higher quality services and to communicate better with parents as to how experiences in services promote children’s holistic development, NCN has worked to inform and support the development of Child Paths. As a quality support agency for many years involved in the development and implementation of Siolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Education and Aistear the National Curriculum Framework for Early Education, NCN has been well placed to inform the development of this valuable app which benefits service providers, staff, parents and most importantly children.

Who we Are

The Crann Support Group is a proven innovative model of management, born out of the need for community childcare facilities to remain sustainable while providing quality, affordable childcare to parents. Over a 10 year period, the group has expanded to directly manage 9 Early Childhood Care and Education centres, and they provide ancillary supports to an additional 12 childcare/community enterprises. The Crann Support Group is directly responsible for 292 staff; it supports 720 families and almost 1000 children daily in Co. Meath. The group administers almost €6.2M annually and maintains assets to the value of €5.6M.

What we do
How we support Child Paths

Through our knowledge and experience, we’ve contributed greatly to the success of Child Paths. As mentioned the Crann Support Group is directly responsible for 292 staff, we support 720 families and almost 1000 children daily in Co. Meath, so we know what it’s like on the ground day to day, the challenges our staff and parents face daily. By working together with Child Paths we’re developing a product to assist Early Years settings in their battle to overcome many of the daily challenges like cutting down on the amount of time spent reporting, saving services money, working to create a better platform to communicate more with parents but more importantly to benefit the child.

Who we Are

We are a Multi-Disciplinary team made up of

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • CBT Therapists
  • Behaviour specialists.
What we do
How we support Child Paths

We are supporting Child Paths through our introduction of the Child Milestones tool which we have been working on for some time. Through our work with preschool and schools, we are aware of the need for all who work with children to understand child development and the importance of early intervention in child’s life. We are delighted to be a part of Child Paths as we feel we are giving Pre-schools teachers and parents an opportunity to really tune into the key areas of their child’s development and monitor their progress. We would like to see a shift in addressing difficulties that children may present with and how quickly these difficulties are addressed in order for each and every child to have an equal opportunity.

Child Paths Limited Tel: +353 1 482 4840 / +353 1 554 5621     info@childpaths.ie   customersupport@childpaths.ie