CDI is now Committed and in the Process of Becoming Trauma Informed

CDI recognises the widespread nature of trauma and traumatic events and how those experiences can impact our overall health and wellbeing. CDI recognises that trauma impacts us all : children and families we work with, our colleagues, and ourselves. We treat everyone with the care that assumes they may have experienced trauma. Our services are […]

Additional Early Intervention resources needed for children affected disproportionately by Pandemic

October 5th, 2021: The need for additional interventions and supports for children who have been disproportionately disadvantaged because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been highlighted in new report on child poverty in Tallaght launched today. The report Over the Fence: Perspectives on and experiences of child poverty in Tallaght was written by the Childhood Development […]

Fathers call for greater equality and engagement in their parenting role

September 30, 2021: Dads have called for greater equality, more engagement and tailored supports for their role as fathers, in a new report on parenting. The report Being Dad published today (30.9.21) by Tallaght based community development organisation the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) showed some men struggling to be involved as equal caregivers and encountering […]

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: 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 an initiative organised by the national adult learning […]

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 […]


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!