Sensational Kids plans to break ground on its National Child Development Centre this summer and is calling on businesses across Ireland to support their bid to raise the final €1.5million of this €11million project. The non-profit organisation who celebrates its 15th anniversary this year provides subsidised therapy supports including Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy for children of all abilities.


Speaking ahead of the campaign, Karen Leigh, CEO and Founder of Sensational Kids commented, “the demand for our subsidised services has far surpassed our capacity in our Kildare centre.  The children of Ireland deserve and urgently need a state-of-the-art facility to get the support they need to thrive. The aftermath of the Pandemic has been particularly challenging on children with additional needs, so the timing of this centre is crucial. They cannot wait any longer. The National Child Development Centre will make real changes to the lives of children across Leinster and even further afield. We urge any business who is looking to make a real and tangible difference to get in touch with me now to see how we can work together to achieve great and worthwhile results for these children.”


The National Child Development Centre is set to help at least 30,000 children across Leinster and further afield over the next ten years.  Located on a prime site in Kildare town and seconds from the M7, the National Child Development Centre will boast a 17,000+ sq. ft. flagship centre with 4 Occupational Therapy gyms, 11 multi-disciplinary therapy rooms, a training and group facility and an outdoor inclusive playground. It will be unlike any other therapy centre for children on the island of Ireland.

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Founded by Karen Leigh in 2007, Sensational Kids is an Irish not-for-profit organisation that provides essential front-line therapeutic supports for children with additional needs, ensuring that these children have access to vital supports when and where they need them. Karen set up the charity after experiencing first-hand lengthy waiting lists and a lack of affordable and accessible occupational therapy services for her own children. Since 2007, Sensational Kids has supported over 9,000 children and saved their families in excess of €2million in therapy fees. There are now four Sensational Kids’ Child Development Centres located across Ireland in Kildare, West Cork, Mayo and Monaghan. See for further information.