National Childcare Scheme

The National Childcare Scheme (NCS) was launched in November 2019 to provide financial support for parents towards the cost of their childcare. The NCS includes two types of financial subsidies towards the cost of quality childcare; A universal subsidy payable for children aged between 24 weeks and 36 months. This subsidy is not means-tested and […]


Bonding with Baby – Becoming A Parent

Becoming a parent is hugely rewarding but also hard work.  It can take time to adjust to all the changes and to start feeling comfortable and confident in your new role.  We have put some useful information together on looking after yourself as a parent and bonding with your new baby. Click here to read […]


CDI’s Restorative Practices programme highly commended for ‘outstanding work’ in adult education

March 4, 2021: Restorative Practices work recognised at AONTAS STAR Awards The Childhood Development Initiative’s (CDI) Restorative Practices Training Programme was highly commended at this year’s AONTAS STAR Awards. The Tallaght-based organisation trains adults in Restorative Practices and promotes its use in communities, schools and workplaces – and was highly commended in the Health and Wellbeing Category. The STAR Awards is […]


100,000th free children’s book delivered in Dublin 24

February 11, 2021: More than 6,700 children – 73% of all 0-5 year olds in Dublin 24 – have signed up to a local free book gifting scheme supported by Dolly Parton, since it was launched two years ago today. This month will see the 100,000th book delivered in the Dublin 24 area, through the […]


New Year Message

Generally at this time of the year, I enjoy the challenge of attempting to write something which might motivate or inspire others. In fairness, given the amazing people I work with, it’s not hard to find wonderful things to say. But right now, as this terrible year comes to a close, I’m struggling to find […]


Role of Dads changing more during COVID-19 than any other period

October 15, 2020: Pandemic raising opportunities and highlighting challenges for Dads COVID-19 is raising new opportunities and highlighting challenges for Dads – as their roles are changing more rapidly than at any other modern period. The changing roles and experiences of Dads were highlighted at a webinar Engaging Dads, Supporting Families, hosted by the Tallaght based Childhood Development […]


IITD AWARDS 2020

CDI are really looking forward to the IITD AWARDS 20 Ceremony online next Friday 25th September. CDI are shortlisted for an award for our Restorative Practices partnership with Professional Development Service for Teachers– wish us luck!


European Grant Awarded to CDI to Evaluate Parent Engagement Model

The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) is delighted to have secured the prestigious Marie Sklodowska – Curie Actions (MSCA) grant enabling us to undertake state of the art research on Parental Engagement and Relationships in Early Childhood (PEAR) starting in May 2020 to conclude in April 2022. Parental support and engagement in early years can have […]


A Homeless Christmas

On Sunday 29th December, that often dreary in-between period when most of us have eaten and drunk too much, and are wondering how on earth we will find the motivation and appetite to get through the required gluttony of New Years’ Eve, a group of volunteers from Tallaght hosted a party for almost 90 families […]