About Lifestart Supporting Parents
Lifestart Sligo Leitrim & West Cavan, offer a high quality, evidence-based programme for parents of children from birth up to age five years. Our core programme – the Growing Child – is delivered within the family home on a monthly basis. The programme has been proven to reduce parental stress; strengthen the relationship between parent and child; and support parents in their understanding of how a young child develops and learns. We work with parents so they can support their child to grow and develop in areas of speech and language, problem solving, better self-esteem, and of course, in preparing the child for their later successes in school.
The Growing Child Programme
Uniquely designed to support parents create the best possible environment for their child to develop and is delivered to parents on a one-to-one basis in their own home
Know your Growing Child
Thematic sessional interventions designed to help parents address specific parenting issues. Sessions are delivered in the home by a trained Family Visitor who can offer parents one-to-one advice
Shaping Ourselves and Our Children
Aims to support parents of young children in Ireland to create a home conducive to good child social and emotional development
“Out of the range of good quality parenting programmes available, the Lifestart programme is highly cost effective and for a structured evidence-based programme, is sufficiently flexible at the point of delivery to allow for adaptation in response to need”
Prof. E. Melhuish (2015)
Our team sits on a number of networks and working groups who all have the common aim of working to support families in the region:
- CYPSC (Children’s and Young Person’s Services Committee
- CFSNs (Child and Family Support Network
- Parenting Support Champions
- Diversity Sligo Support Group / Direct Provision Sub-group
- Cranmore Regeneration Education Working Group
- Mohill FRC Toy Library Sub-group
- Sligo County Childcare Committee (Regional Manager is Board Member)
- Our service from time-to-time also supports the development of parent and toddler groups in the region
Parenting and Policy Context
Evidence of the importance of good parenting and early life experiences for child development outcomes has over the last two decades been encouraging the growth of a policy climate more conducive to family and children’s services and parenting support.
Lifestart Supporting Parents recognises and accept our duty to protect the health and safety of all employees, visitors to the premises, including contractors and other service providers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by our work.