Grangegorman ABC Programme



Coordination:  DIT and HSE
Contact:  Petra Hanlon, DIT Project Officer ABC Grangegorman. 

               Email: T: +353 87 1921311

The Incredible Years (IY) training programme is run in Schools, Early Years and Child and Family settings.

It has a number of components for parents, teachers and children which together aim to:

  • Increase school readiness, emotion regulation and social competence
  • Strengthen children’s social skills and appropriate play skills, and increase emotional awareness
  • Improve parenting interactions and relationships
  • Improve teaching relationships with students and parents
  • Reduce early school leaving
  • Increase academic achievement
  • Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Reduce youth conduct disorders and criminal activity
  • Reduce youth drug and alcohol problems

Incredible Years (IY) Parent Programmes


Baby Parent Programme, complemented with 5 sessions of Baby Massage

This involves 8 Baby Parent Programme sessions and 5 Baby Massage sessions with parents of babies aged 0 to 12 months. Two Public Health Nurses, based in the Grangegorman area deliver this programme. The topics covered include getting to know your baby; babies as intelligent learners; providing physical, tactile and visual stimulation; parents learning to read babies’ minds; gaining support; and babies’ emerging sense of self.

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Preschool Basic Parent Programme

This programme for parents of children aged 3 to 6 years runs for 14-18 sessions and covers topics such as strengthening children’s social skills, emotional regulation and school regulation skills; using praise and incentives to encourage cooperative behaviour; positive discipline – rules, routines and effective limit-setting; and positive discipline – handling misbehaviour.


Teacher Classroom Management

The Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) training programme comprises 6 full-day workshops running at 3-4 week intervals during the school year with time between each workshop so that teachers can practice the new skills they are learning.  The programme is focused on strengthening teacher classroom management strategies, promoting children’s pro-social behaviour, reducing classroom aggression and non-cooperation with other children and teachers, promoting enjoyment of school activities and working with parents to promote their school involvement and home-to-school consistency. 


Dina Programme

The Incredible Years Dina Programme is a child training curriculum that targets 3 to 6 year olds to strengthen their social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, managing anger, practising friendship and conversational skills, and appropriate classroom behaviours.  Children learn in Dinosaur School with giant puppets Molly, Wally and Dina Dinosaur.

Classroom Dina is delivered 2 to 3 times a week to a whole classroom in the format of 'Dina School'. It consists of 20 to 30 minute circle time lessons and will run for 20 to 22 weeks. Classroom Dina sessions are followed by group practice activities and promotion of skills throughout the crèche / school day. Suggestions for home activities parents can do with their children to reinforce the learning and promote parental involvement are also circulated.