Early years services networking initiative proving successful in Tallaght West

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A networking initiative to better co-ordinate services for 0-3 year olds and their parents in Tallaght West is proving successful.

An independent evaluator of the Antenatal to Three Initiative (ATTI), Neil Haran, said that within a year of operation “ATTI has made a significant contribution to networking, information-sharing and learning relevant to the 0-3 year old target group in Tallaght West.”

The Initiative is coordinated by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).

Chairperson of the ATTI Steering Group Anne Genockey, who is the Manager of An Cosan and CDI Board Member, said that ATTI now has plans to engage more with GP’s and hospital staff and to establish an Infant Mental Health Network.

“The initiative has helped bring people together. We want to ensure no-one slips through the net, and that all families get the service they need, when they need it,” she said.

There are 3,000 children under the age of three in Tallaght West and almost 1,000 births annually.

97% of women and babies see a Public Health Nurse within 72 hours of being discharged from hospital.

ATTI brings together people from local primary care services, early years organisations, the Coombe Women’s Hospital, Tusla and family support and specialist services, to maximise the quality and integration of services for women and babies.