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The EDUCATION CENTRE for children with Down syndrome (ECCDS) is a charity dedicated to the education and development of children with Down syndrome.

We are committed to helping children and young people with Down syndrome and their parents acquire essential skills that will equip them to meet the future with confidence. To do that we:

For children  

We support your child as an individual

In our intervention groups each child is assessed on a weekly basis and has their own ‘Individual Pupil Profile’. This documents how each child is progressing through all the levels of nine different competencies. The competencies are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet the educational needs of the children as they grow and develop.

We aim to provide specialist advice, support and guidance from qualified and experienced speech therapists. Assessments are done both in group sessions and on a 1:1 basis. Development programmes are put together in, conjunction with staff, who can then ensure each child’s development needs are specifically addressed to aid further development of speech. Our Speech Therapist has developed specific Language Packs for Babies, Pre-School and Key Stages 1 and 2 Children which allows parents and families to further support their child’s development in the home environment.

The Education Leadership Team visit schools/education establishments that our children attend. They provide both group and 1:1 advice, support, training. Our Pupil Profile can also be used in the child’s educational setting.

We support your child in a group

During all group sessions our children spend time and are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Over the school holidays we arrange various activities and trips to develop the children’s social skills and offer them new group experiences. Although the majority of these are free of charge, occasionally a small charge/donation may be requested.



For Professionals

The Education Leadership Team visit schools/education establishments that our children attend. They provide both group and 1:1 advice, support, training. Our Pupil Profile can also be used in the child’s educational setting.

There is a school support package that can be purchased to support all stages of education. We also provide access to training sessions, at all locations, through our ‘Down to Earth Training’ Programme. Topics covered include:

Down to Earth Training

The Education Centre for Children with Down syndrome has established partnerships with a range of organisations from the education sector, health services, Local Authorities and noted professionals involved in working with children with Down syndrome. We constantly evaluate our work and research data in conjunction with recognised statutory bodies, to provide the most current learning experiences. We offer courses, conferences and workshops to attend or buy-in. All of our training aims to:

1. explore Down syndrome and the impact it has on children's learning and achievements

2. evaluate present practice and reflect on a range of practical strategies for classroom and whole school implementation.

Our Down to Earth training is free for parents of ECCDS-registered children and free for our volunteers. For professionals attending there is a charge.

For Parents

Parents of all children and young people attend with their child and are members of ECCDS. For pre-school and primary-age children parents learn with their child in the group, and for secondary-age young people parents can attend training or discussions in order to enable their children to work independently. Each session has a parent-time opportunities to offering peer and professional support.

We also provide free access to training sessions, at all locations, through our ‘Down to Earth Training’ Programme. Topics covered include:



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