Hope was founded by Ms Sherene Powell in 2011. We specialize primarily in Autism spectrum disorder with early intervention and ECCE. The type of programmes we carry out is called Applied behavioural analysis (ABA), this method of early intervention allows us to cater for all the needs of children from age 3-7 years who are diagnosed with Autism. At Inchicore, we have highly trained team of teachers who fully dedicate themselves into helping these children grow every day, they are extremely passionate and caring about their students and always give their best foot forward as the bond they make with the students and each other are like no other. We believe integrating ASD and mainstream children as they learn positively from each other as we are trying to make each new generation go from strength to strength. We have recently expanded our horizons and added a creche unit onto our school which we are proud to announce is blossoming every day. We are a growing environment and thrive on positive feedback and the motivation to continuously learn through our experiences.
We pride ourselves on hard work and dedication and continue to grow through continuous professional development training. We get involved in team building activities to unite stronger as a team.
Welcome to our little energy ball of a universe!
Goldilocks and the three bears
We are dedicated to promoting a positive and happy environment that allows the children to discover, learn and have fun doing so. We promote the Montessori curriculum within the class and also promote basic primary school which is very beneficial for when they progress to junior infants.
The Montessori curriculum is divided into five different areas to which the children are introduced to at their own pace. The materials of Montessori have built-in control and error which promotes independent learning and discovery with or without assistance from one of the two teachers in the class.
We have the early drop-off and after school club service that works from Monday to Friday until 6:00 p.m. It is aimed at children from 4 to 12 years old (ECCE and ASD children). A wide variety of fun and entertaining activities, such as games, art and crafts, fun with food, story-telling sessions, physical education and free play are carried out, so that students learn and have fun as a group and individually. The purpose of this afterschool club is to provide help to parents who work or cannot be with their little ones in the afternoon and who want them to be in a safe, trustworthy place that offers learning, fun and care for them.
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to have to pick up children from one place and bring them to another, perhaps because work doesn´t allow it, we live far away or there is a lot of traffic, that's why in our center we help those families who need someone trusted to pick up and bring your child to our center. For this, we offer the pick-up service where two of our specialized teachers pick up children and bring him/her to our center where he/she can play and wait until he/she can be collected by the parents. This service applies to areas that are nearby or that are within a walking distance to the centre.
In ASD Classes, we develop ‘Individual Educational Plans’ (IEPs) for every single student in the class, along with organizing a curriculum for the entire year, with different lesson plans for each month and for every classroom. Each student has a set of ‘Short-term Goals’ and ‘Long-term Goals’ in their IEP. Lesson plans include various extra-curricular and group activities for the class as well, for example, making playdough, animated story-time, yoga for kids etc. Each student is observed through various assessments to help develop each child’s ‘Individual Educational Plans’ (IEPs) as well as ‘Behaviour Support Plans’ (when needed). Observations help in keeping track of the progress the child makes, so that their IEPs can be modified and developed further to provide the student with the best learning experience possible. In addition, different activities are carried out to develop social relationships and interaction with peers. In our center, the learning of our children is one of the most important objectives. To achieve this objective all resources are created individually, and attending to the parts of learning that need to be reinforced and worked for their daily life. For each student a series of objectives are established, which are reinforced with highly visual and highly motivating material.
Centre Manager, Inchicore, Dublin 8
My journey in Hope started as a Teacher in 2017. Later, I was promoted to assistant centre manager, and Centre Manager at Hope Inchicore. Currently we have ASD Classes, ECCE classes, Creche and after school club. My education and teacher training has been done in India. After perusing BSc and MSc in Botany, I completed Bachelor of Education (BEd) and was awarded Gold Medal with distinction. I began my teaching career in 2013 in India, before moving to Republic of Ireland in 2016. I am passionate about working with children and I believe in dedicated hard work making difference in the lives of children. It is an absolute pleasure for me to work at a place where I can bring my child along, as he is attending full time creche. I have professional experience in Yoga and Paper Quilling. I love dancing and exploring international cuisine. I really like to travel and meet new people from different corners of the world.
Nidhi Singh, BSc, M.Sc, B.Ed,
Assistant Centre Manager
Hi my name is Melissa I'm 25 years old and I am currently Assistant Head Teacher of Hope in the Inchicore centre for an amazing Team. I started working towards my professional Journey in 2012 when I got accepted into college I went through a different route and I climbed the ladder to get to where I am today so I started off by studying childcare for one year in the Ballyfermot College of Further Education and then I completed a higher national diploma in Social care practice and I then advanced into the third year of my Degree of social care practice in the Institute of Technology Tallaght Graduating with an Honours degree in 2017 and I gained experience through working as a Social care practitioner in a High support unit for Autistic Children and Teenagers for three years during college. I wanted to branch out and broaden my experience so I then found Hope and worked as a teacher for a year and in my second year of working for Hope I became Assistant Head Teacher and it's been the biggest learning curve of my professional life and I love it. I have such a passion for working with Autistic Children and I feel privileged every day of my life to have this opportunity. Outside of work I love to be very Active I work out on a regular basis as I believe it is good not only physically but mentally and I benefit from exercise a lot. I also love travelling I try to visit as many places in the world as possible I have lived in the Us for a while and travelled a lot of Asia. My family are my main value in life and biggest support system.
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, Inchicore, Dublin 8
I joined the Hope team in October 2019 as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, and I am responsible for developing IEP’s, writing Behaviour Support Plans, and overseeing student progress and staff training.
I completed my degree in Psychology and a master's in Applied Behavioural Analyst from Trinity College Dublin. I have more than 8 years' experience working with children and adults diagnosed with Autism, across a range of settings. I love to travel, having lived in Australia and New Zealand for a few years. I really enjoy the fun and fast pace of working in an early intervention setting, with an interest in language development, skills teaching and community integration.
Hope provides warm and loving environment for the wobblers and toddlers in which they grow and learn each day. We enrol children from the age of 12 months in our creche. The day in the creche starts with welcoming the children by the staff with hugs and cuddles. The children are gently allowed to adjust to the group’s routine. Children are on a schedule where their friends are doing the same type of activities at the same time. We focus majorly on the following developmental areas: social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language.
In addition, children are able to use their newly discovered independence skills as they explore their environment. We conduct various activities such as birthday celebrations, celebrating festivals, Fun with food which promotes creativity, develops social relationships and sense of belonging. Daily opportunities such as Circle time, storytime, colouring, dancing, singing, playing with blocks, mud play, water play enables the children to learn and work harmoniously alongside and with each other and to listen to each other. Furthermore, it helps children build confidence when speaking in a group as well as respecting other children's individual characteristics.
We guarantee the best nutrition by providing a variety of different nutrients and tastes which helps in their development. We encourage good healthy eating practices and be certain of providing highly nutritious, good quality meals for the mental and physical wellbeing of the children attending the daycare. We understand the fact that eating habits are formed early and so we are very careful about nutrition and also promote children to develop good eating habits.
Meals of the Day
Please click on the link provided for the Little Dinners Menu
PE is an important part of the curriculum, where all students interact in the same space, with the same possibilities without exception. Our centre, applies inclusive physical education so that all students cooperate and show respect towards others without distinction of any kind.
Fun with Food
We encourage the children to manipulate different types of food, touch new textures and taste new flavours. This activity also help them to learn how to use the cutlery. They enjoy creating their own meal and playing while learning with the food.
It is one of the favourite activity for children and teachers. It takes place every Tuesday. There are different level for beginners and advance, so all the children get their own training.
It takes place every Friday, we go to horse riding in a specialised barn. Different activities are conducted to encourage children to interact with the animal and become sensitive towards them.
We practice yoga that help children to become healthy and calm. Children enjoy sharing this time with their peers, with peaceful music and their teachers helping them to practice.
In Hope, we understand how important it is for our kids to be independent in every aspect of their life. We offer a personalized toilet training plan, for each one of our students, walking together throughout the whole process. After an interview with the family and key teacher, our BCBA designs an individual plan, based on the child´s needs and strengths. This way we not only help our students to gain independence but we also help them be aware of their body parts and bodily functions and sensations, as well as, improving their communication.
Fire drill is performed once a month. It helps to prepare our little ones to respond quickly, calmly, and safely.
Our children enjoy dancing together with peers and teachers. It helps the children to follow instructions and learn imitation while they are dancing to their favourite songs.
Parents Teacher Meetings
We keep an open and constant communication with the families. We understand how important it is to work together and to communicate actively with our students´ families. We schedule individual meetings for all ECCE, ASD and crèche students, with their families and key teacher every 6 weeks. In order to discuss about their needs and concerns, and showcase our students amazing work and progress.
Coffee Morning is the perfect chance for the staff to catch up, chat, laugh, play games and get to know each other. The staff enjoys preparing food for breakfast (including the traditional breakfast from different cultures such as Irish, Indian and Spanish. Coffee morning boost up the energy amongst all of us and make the workplace a happy place for everyone. We have a lot of fun!
We have highly efficient and hardworking staff, and they are valued for their efforts that they have put in the wellbeing of the children. We really appreciate the dedication and strong work ethics of our staff and the contributions they make to education and society.
All HOPE staff take part in monthly continuous professional development (CPD) training. This training is run by the BCBA, training supervisor or a member of the management team. CPD is a combination of teaching approaches, ideas and techniques that help HOPE staff manage their own learning and growth. Topics covered in CPD range from ABA teaching techniques, PECS training, team building, proactive strategies to manage challenging behaviour and Aistear and Montessori teaching styles, which promote learning through play. Staff are also encouraged to be creative, teaching the children through fun with food, dancing, birthday parties and cooperative play.
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