Incredible Years Classroom DINA Programme

dina-programThe Dinosaur Social Skills and Problem Solving curriculum is a child training curriculum that strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills, as well as appropriate classroom behaviours.

Who is it for?
The programme is used by all early years’ educators and teachers who are working with children between the ages of 3 and 8. It is a curriculum designed to be used in the classroom throughout the school year.

How is it going to work?
Classroom Dina is delivered 2-3 times a week in the classroom; it consists of 20-30 minute circle time lessons, which incorporate the use of small group practice activities to promote key skills. These concepts can be usefully reinforced throughout the day. Educators use DVD’s and puppets as part of the programme.

What are the benefits?
Children learn how to communicate feelings, use effective problem solving strategies, and manage anger, practice friendship and conversational skills, as well as appropriate classroom behaviours.

I’m a childcare worker, how do I get involved?
Contact Eimear Blue Skies Early Years mentor EFurlong@archways.ie

I’m a school teacher, how do I get involved?
Contact Lorraine Blue Skies Co-ordinator ldoherty@archways.ie

I’m a parent, this programme sounds perfect for my child, where can they access it?
Contact Lorraine ldoherty@archways.ie

Is there a cost?
The cost for 3 days training course is €650 per person, if your Early Years Service or school is involved in the Blue Skies Initiative the cost of training will be covered. If you are not, but still want to access the training contact Archways training@archways.ie

I want to find out more about the evidence.
More information can be found on www.archways.ie or www.incredibleyears.com