The programme for parents

Lifestart has 30 years’ experience in helping people develop as parents. Our work focuses on the building blocks of child development: parent/child attachment, bonding and interaction, language development, play and most of all, love. Find out here what our parents think of our work.

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The Growing Child


The Growing Child gives an easy and enjoyable step-by-step guide to how children develop

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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)

My son Braidan began on the Lifestart programme when he was 6 months old. Braidan turned 3 on 24 November 2012 and I cannot put into words just how valuable the programme has been to his overall development.

Lifestart has been a priceless asset to our family life, I have received the support every 1st time mum needs to help my child develop to the best of his ability and already at 3 years old his advanced skills are shining through.

Karen - Mum to Braidan age 3

I just want commend you and the Lifestart Programme as after attending a Nursery meeting at School, discussing curriculum, child development and what types of ‘play’ are encouraged, the topics covered in the programme and the advice you give are so relevant and on point. Thank you.


Thank you Lifestart Programme Team for your knowledge, support and all hard work put into it. You are really helping us (parents) now and truly creating a better future for our children by helping them to become better human beings.

Alex, Eugenia and Nina

The programme was so convenient with the family visitor calling to my home and the family visitor always scheduled the appointments that suited me.

Fiona, a very happy parent

Just to let you know and say thanks for a little girl whom you saw, and I had been seeing at my clinic. The tasks and skills that the Lifestart worker instructed mum with and the Naonra class etc. has helped [name removed] greatly and she has improved an awful lot…

Dr. L. McBride, Senior Medical Officer Child Health, HSE, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Parenting Tips

1510, 2021

Big Worries on Little Shoulders

When the weight of the world appears to be on little shoulders, is there anything we as parents can do?  Of course, there will be circumstances in life that we cannot control or protect our children from. For example, starting school, serious illness, or the death of a loved one. However, there are plenty of life’s trials and woes we can shelter children from. And as they become older, allow them to become aware in an age-appropriate manner.  Childhood fears [...]

110, 2021

How Toddlers learn to Socialise

The 1st of October. Honestly, I can’t believe where this year has gone. I am glad to see playgroups, parent and toddler groups, breastfeeding groups, toddler mornings all opened again and the more I check social media the more groups seem to be appearing. I myself have missed them so much for both myself and my child. Children born during or slightly before the lockdown began are at a slight disadvantage in regards to socialising and getting out meeting other [...]

409, 2021

1st Day at School

The team here at Lifestart are all back in full swing after the summer holidays, September always seems to be such a busy time. I’m sure it has been a busy week for most families as well, whether it’s starting school for the first time or going back after the summer holidays. It can all prove to be a little hectic, well it certainly was in my house! Although I really welcome the concept of a regular routine - up [...]

508, 2021

One Language or Two?

I hope you are all keeping well, enjoying the summer holidays which seem to be flying this year. More so than ever before. Every shop I go into at the minute has all the new school uniform items. In my head, I’m not ready for that stage but I know if I leave it too late there’ll be no sizes left! I am starting to notice the leaves turning slightly brown too, so I’m going to enjoy the next few [...]

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