Family Health

NICHE’s family health programme primarily covers pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life.

The programme includes:

  • Antenatal classes led by Public Health Nurses, which are available Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm in NICHE. Booking is essential.
  • Infant massage on Wednesdays at 11am in NICHE.  Booking is essential.
  • Breastfeeding support group is on Wednesdays from 12-2 . This is a drop in group supported by a Public Health Nurse.
  • Parent and baby group is on Thursdays from 2-4 in NICHE. This is a drop in group, grandparents or other caregivers also welcome.
  • ‘Time for me’ – a pamper evenings for Moms happens one evening a week for 4 weeks in NICHE. Booking is essential.
  • Baby’s first Christmas is a party hosted by NICHE at the beginning of December for babies born in the area during the year.
  • Family days and events, which happen in the Community Garden.

For more information on our family health programme please contact Mary 021 4300135 or email


Kidscope is a child development assessment & training clinic taking place on Thursdays in Niche. It was established in September 2010 and is a multi-agency effort combining medical, social and physiological assessment, support, referral and follow up. The clinic is for children between the ages 0-3, and their families living in the Northwest sector of Cork City.

The agencies directly involved are HSE/UCC Paediatrics, Public Health Nursing team, NICHE, Springboard and Young Knocknaheeny.

A child from the Northwest Sector can be referred by their Public Health Nurse if there are any queries or concerns relating learning/physical/psychological/social or emotional development of the child.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to a child’s development, please contact your Public Health Nurse or Mary Byrd in NICHE (


What happens when you attend the clinic?

Mary Byrd or another member of the NICHE team will greet you as you arrive . There are toys in the reception area for your child to play with before their appointment.

As Kidscope is a training clinic medical students from UCC assist in the running of the morning. Parents have to choice as to whether or not to allow the students to take part in their visit. If you would rather not have students in the room this will not affect your visit in any way.

The students take the initial information and do an ages and stages questionnaire with the family. This is to help them to learn what is typical for a child to be able to do at different ages and helps to notice if the child is experiencing any delay or difficulty or likewise if a child is advanced for their age.

The paediatrician then speaks with the family about the concern they have about their child and examine the child. If necessary will the paediatrician will refer the child on to receive additional assessments or support.

Families have to opportunity to find out about what is happening in NICHE and if they would like to be registered to receive more information about NICHE or any of the other partners involved with Kidscope for example Young Knocknaheeny or Springboard.

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