Sure Start

The first years of a child's life are of critical importance for his/her future development and well-being.  It is during the early months and years that a high percentage of learning takes place, attitudes are formed, first relationships are made, concepts are developed and the foundations for later skills and learning are built. The policy objective of Sure Start is to work with parents and children aged under four in areas of disadvantage to promote the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of pre-school children to ensure they flourish at home and when they get to school. 

 

Aims of Sure Start to improve:-

 

  • the ability to learn by encouraging stimulating play, improving language skills and the early identification and support of children with learning difficulties
  • health by supporting parents in caring for children and promoting children's health and development
  • social development by supporting the development of early relationships between parents and children, good parenting skills, family functioning and early identification and support of children with emotional, learning or behavioural difficulties

 

Sure Start programmes have been designed specifically to reflect and respond to local needs.  For that reason each Sure Start project is unique in terms of the services it provides and the manner in which it provides them.  There are, however, core elements which must feature in any Sure Start programme:

 

  • Outreach and Home Visiting Service - to make contact as early as possible in a child's life and draw families into using other services
  • Family Support including befriending, social support and parenting information, both group and home based
  • Good quality play, learning and childcare experiences for children (both group and home based)
  • Primary and Community Health Care and Advice
  • Speech Langauge and Communication Support
  • Support for all children in the community recognising their differing needs

Bangor Sure Start

Bangor Sure Start aims to deliver “the best start in life” for every child residing within the Whitehill Ward, Dufferin Ward, Conlig 3 Ward and Harbour 1 Ward.  Bangor Sure Start offer a free programme of services for all families with a child aged under four and mums and dads to be living in one of the 'wards' (as stated above), with our services being offered both in your own home or at one of our premises and include early education and play, health and family support.

 
Lisburn Sure Start

Lisburn Sure Start aims to deliver “the best start in life” for every child residing within the Old Warren Ward, Tonagh Ward and Hillhall SOA 1.  Lisburn Sure Start offer a free programme of services for all families with a child aged under four and mums and dads to be living in one of the 'wards' (as stated above), with our services being offered both in your own home or at one of our premises and include early education and play, health and family support.

 

 

Key Contact

Bangor Sure Start

22 Hamilton Road Bangor BT20 4LE

Lisburn Sure Start

c/o Laganview Enterprise Centre 69 Drumbeg Drive Lisburn BT28 1QJ
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