All of SPECS Programmes are entirely FREE of charge

SPECS, through consultation with agencies working with families in the Bray area, developed a plan using evidenced based programmes to meet the needs identified in the area. The programmes are designed to address specific issues, utlising an interagency approach while ensuring quality implementation. To find out more please click on individual programmes below

Preparing For Life

Our family mentors work alongside parents from pregnancy up to when the child starts school. 

We visit families in their homes and give information on child development and parenting, with the aim of improving school readiness.

Roots Of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based programme which helps reduce levels of aggression among school children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. At the heart of the programme are a baby and parent who visit the classroom. In this experiential learning, the baby is the "Teacher", which the instructor uses to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.

Parenting When Separated

The Parents Plus Parenting When Separated Programme is a six week course for parents who are preparing for, going through or have gone through a separation or divorce. 

The programme is aimed at parents with children under 12 years who live in the greater Bray area.

Separated couples do not attend the same group together. 

Parents Plus 

The Parents Plus Early Years Programme (1-6 years) is a interactive programme ideal for parents who want to help their children’s learning, language and social development, as well reduce behaviour problems, while ensuring their children grow up happy and emotionally secure. 

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Programme is a course designed to help parents and children build positive relationships. All groups are run by trained facilitators who have experience of working with children and families in the community. It is run over 14 weeks and it involves families learning and developing knowledge and skills which make them stronger, closer and able to cope with life’s challenges.

Quality in Early Years Services

An Early Years Quality Mentor works with local early years providers to create a mutal learning environment and uses relevant themes to support best practice.


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