Early Services

Early Services

Through offering a wide range of flexible programmes for infants and preschool children with developmental delay and learning difficulties, we pride ourselves on our capacity to respond to the specific needs of each individual entrusted to our care. The early services programme is available to children with developmental delay and/or an intellectual disability from birth up to six years of age.

Stewarts Preschool

Stewarts Preschool

Stewarts Preschool is a structured educational setting for children from the ages of two to five with developmental delay.

Additional services include a family support programme to assist in managing the child at home, and respite care. Following the completion of the preschool programme and after consultation with their parents, the children are reassessed and then placed according to their own specific needs and abilities.

Our Programmes

We aim to provide a safe and quality services to children with an intellectual disability.

Infant Stimulation Programme

Infant stimulation is a home based programme supporting children from birth to three years on a sessional basis. Whilst acting as a key worker for families we provide information around decision making, goal setting and problem solving. We encourage parental participation at all times and provide a fun caring and stimulating environment for children to learn and develop their individual play skills.

Infant Stimulation Programme

PRESCHOOL Programme

The Preschool is located on Stewarts campus and caters for up to 20 children with varying degrees of intellectual disability. The purpose of the preschool is to provide supports to parents and services to children from approximately the age of two and half years up until school-going age. The aim is to provide a preschool service which is appropriate to each child’s individual need. Each child has a person-centred plan which is developed with the child’s keyworker and parents/guardians. Along with the multidisciplinary team, the staff in the preschool support the child to develop in all aspects of their lives including cognitive, emotional, imaginative, social and physical aspects to the best of the child’s ability.

PRESCHOOL Programme

Integrated Preschool

The Integrated Preschool is community based The programme supports children to attend their local preschool. Children are supported on a sessional basis where educational development is incorporated through pre-reading, pre-writing, numeracy and fun activities. Regular feedback is given to parents on their child’s progress and open communication is encouraged at all times.

Integrated Preschool

Respite Services

Respite services for children aged 6 to 18. Our children's respite house provides respite care for up to four children per night. A multi-disciplinary scoring system helps prioritise service users' respite needs. Referrals can also be accepted from individual service users and their families, as well as members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Respite  Services

Family Support

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Within the Family Support Programme there is a philosophy of care which is to provide strategic support to families for evenings out, after school care and Saturday Club, in line with our mission statement.

  1. Individualised services delivery driven by the unique strengths, needs, potential and expectations of each service user and their family.
  2. Effective and accountable services that is evidence-based and which seeks significant and practical treatment and recreational gains in the lives of the individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  3. Positive approaches that emphasize skill building, relationships development, and recognition that all individuals can grow and change to succeed in life.

Family Support aims to promote strategic interventions for high-dependency service users and their families at evening times, after school services and on Saturdays. Access to Family Support Services are organised via referral through our multi-disciplinary team and are prioritised using a priority rating system based on risk.