A new Parents Support Network has been established for parents who have children with additional needs with the support of Waterford Childcare Committee, St Brigids Family Resource Centre, Lower Yellow Rd, Waterford. Parents can check SPACE facebook SPACE Waterford or contact (051) 375261 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
A HSE led national programme is changing the way services are provided across the country to ensure more equitable and consistent services and supports for children with disabilities and their families. At local level a Local Implementation Group (LIG) which includes parent representatives has been established to plan for the changes.
In the Waterford/South Kilkenny area, Waterford Childcare Committee has supported the HSE in the process of identifying parent representatives for the LIG. Two meetings with parents were held in 2014 to prepare for the selection. The parent group self selected the three representatives who will represent the wider parent group on LIG.
In May 2015 WCCC in collaboration with the HSE and NCSE hosted two workshops on referral pathways for children with disabilities which were well attended by childcare providers and parents. In the evaluation of the workshops there were many areas highlighted which childcare providers would like to have additional support and information on. The following are the presentations presented at both workshops:
Please refer to the HSE website for more information about the programme: