Early Years Services

Early Services - Swimming PoolFamily swimOur Early Service teams provide a family centred service to families of young children from birth to school age (0-6 years).Services are delivered through clinical and pre-school support services.

St.Michael’s House believe that families are central to the lives of young children with disabilities and the aim is to work in partnership with families to deliver appropriate services to each child based on available resources.

The Early Service clinical team has a range of staff working with families which include staff from the following disciplines;

  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Medical
  • Home Teaching

The Early Services team has a Team Leader who is responsible for co-ordinating the work of the team and managing referrals.

The Early Services team operates a Key Working system. The Key worker is a member of the clinical team and is the primary contact person for the family. The Key worker helps coordinate the service received by the family and ensures family goals remain the focus of the work of the team and are regularly reviewed.

The level and kind of support a child requires to learn varies. Factors such as the child's age and the impact of the child's disability will influence the level and type of support needed. The Early Services team will work in partnership with families to assess the level of support the child and family need

Types of Support;

  • Clinical Supports to child and family can be delivered by one or more members of the clinical team, who work collaboratively in identifying and supporting goals
  • Parent Training is a key component of Early Services. Young children learn best when interacting with important adults such as parents who encourage and support their learning in
  • Parent Support in Early Services is provided though opportunities for parent to parent contact and individual supports from team members when required

More Information

If you require any additional information you can contact the relevant Early Services Team Leader

Maria Nolan - Early Services Team Leader, Ballymun Clinic (01) 8840200
Sue Cookney - Early Services Team Leader, Coolock Clinic (01) 8770500
Philie Sheehan - Early Services Team Leader, Goatstown Clinic (01) 2290500

Pre-School Support Service

Early Services GroupEarly ServicesSt. Michael’s House value the principal of inclusion and support to young children to avail of pre-school services in their local community. Our pre-school support service aims to promote the child's participation in their local community.

Where required St. Michael’s House trained pre-school support workers work alongside pre-school staff to support and encourage the child to participate and engage in individual and group activities in the pre-school class.

The service provides pre-school children availing of St. Michael’s House Early Services with the opportunity to begin the journey towards education, friendships and independence.

The service aims to ensure that available resources are allocated fairly and equitably.

More Information

If you require any additional information your Home Teacher, Key Worker or direct to

Susan Kelly - Home Teacher Coolock Clinic (01) 8770500

Young Early Services (YES) Pre-school

Early ServicesEarly ServicesYES pre-school service offers a supported pre-school setting to children who attend St. Michael’s House Early Services based in North Dublin and require significant nursing support that cannot be provided in a local community preschool.

The YES pre-school setting provides young preschool children with complex medical needs, the opportunity to engage in individual and group activities. The pre-school team work closely with parents and members of the clinical team to devise an Individual Plan identifying specific goals for each child and family. The Individual Plan is designed to support the child's early developmental, educational and health goals in both the pre-school setting and the home environment.

The YES pre-school is located in a community setting and strives to provide to provide children with the opportunities to integrate with their peers. The YES team includes a nurse and trained pre-school staff.

More Information

If you require any additional information you can contact the relevant person below:

Catherine Duffy - Home-Teaching Manager, Coolock Clinic (01) 8770500

Maria Nolan - Early Services Team Leader, Ballymun Clinic (01) 8840200
Sue Cookney - Early Services Team Leader, Coolock Clinic (01) 8770500