The Incredible Years (IY) Project in Clare is an interagency initiative, founded in 2004.The project is made up of professionals from three key child and family services in Clare, these are: Clarecare, HSE West Clinical Psychology Services, and The National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS).
The Incredible Years Clare initiative aims to pool the skills and resources of the agencies involved in an innovative and cost effective manner to meet the needs of children and their families.
The overall aim of Incredible Year Clare’s multi-agency early intervention is to enhance the skills of parents,teachers and children to support the development of strong emotional and social competencies, leading to increased resilience, well being, and more supportive communities. It is organised around a model of early intervention called the Incredible Years Parent, Teacher and Child Training Series, which was developed in the U.S by Dr. Carolyn Webster Stratton.
The Incredible Years Parent Programmes aim to promote the emotional and social competence of young children and their families and also to prevent, treat and reduce behavioural and emotional problems among young children (0-12 years).
As collaboration between parents, schools and family services is at the centre of the IY Clare initiative primary schools, and more recently, preschools have become the natural focus for the delivery of IY Parent Programmes in the local community. Children can therefore experience the same Incredible Years skill-set at many levels with more links between the adults in their lives, as parents, preschool staff and primary school teachers use the same framework for approaching the child’s social and emotional needs.
To date the Incredible Years Parent, and Teacher Training Programmes have been delivered to a number of schools in Co Clare: Scoil Chriost Ri Ennis, Scoil Na Mhaighdine Muire Newmarket On Fergus and Holy Family Junior School Ennis, Scoil Mhainichin Ennistymon and Ennis National School, Scoil Realt Na Mara Kilkee. Staff from Carrigaholt NS, Cooraclare NS and Kildysart NS School participated in IY Teacher Classroom Management training in Kilkee also,St. Senan’s National School Shannon, St. Tola’s National School Shannon, Ennis Educate Together National School, St. Senan’s National School Kilrush.
The Kilrush office is the base for The Incredible Years Project. Any queries about the IY Programmes may be directed to Eve Brennan, IY Development Worker in the Kilrush Office, generally on Mondays and Tuesdays. Alternatively, queries may be directed to Clarecare Ennis 065 682 8178.