Stepping Stone Child Development Centre (CDC)


Stepping Stone CDC is located in Garraun Park in Tuam and provides an educational service to children with significant learning disabilities from 3 to 5 years of age, some of whom are on the Autism Spectrum and/or may have physical / medical needs. The duration of a child’s placement in Stepping Stone is based on an assessment of their needs. When a joint placement with a child’s local mainstream preschool is indicated as the most suitable, we will endeavor to support families for this to happen.

A member of the Early Intervention Team will support suitable families to apply for a place in Stepping Stone CDC.

Each child has an ‘Individual Education Plan’ (IEP) and Personal Outcomes goals. Goals are drawn up based on their present abilities, the wishes of the family and learning objectives. Other programme areas covered are cognitive skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language and communication skills, social skills, play skills, interpersonal & personal skills and self-help skills. A typical day is from 9.30am-1.30pm.  Stepping Stone CDC is managed by a team leader and staffed with nurse educators and care assistants.

Families have opportunities to meet with members of the multidisciplinary team, and the child’s learning objectives are reviewed and updated in the course of the year.

We aim to encourage inclusion and participation at all levels within Stepping Stone, not only from parents and family members but also from the wider community.

Stepping Stone CDC falls under the inspection remit of the Department of Environmental Health and Pre-School Inspections and as such has been subject to several inspections – please click on the link below to view the most recent report from the Pre-School inspection and/or contact the Team Leader for access.

For information on how to make a complaint please contact the Team Leader or click on the following link.

Complaints Management Policy (2003-06 reviewed 2015) (1)

Research Projects involving Stepping Stone CDC :  None at present.

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Contact Details

Eleanor Canny – Team Leader,

Stepping Stone CDC,

Tel: 093-28277