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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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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

1006, 2021

Motivation to Learn Begins in Infancy

Welcome to this week’s blog from Lifestart.  I don’t know about you but the months are flying by. I can’t believe we are in the middle of the year with the school year coming to an end in 3 weeks. I’m in the middle of arranging outings or summer schemes for my older two for the summer so they are entertained for a few weeks. For my blog I am going to focus on - What Motivates Children to Learn? [...]

2805, 2021

You Love Them More Than Me!

If you think back to when you were a young child growing up, did you think there was one brother or sister you thought your Mum or Dad favoured the most? Got away with everything? While you got away with nothing! For the majority of people, the answer is YES! If your young child is now saying statements to you such as “You love them more than me" or "they always get away with everything!”  Your child is thinking the [...]

1405, 2021

Positive attitudes and locus of control

As it is mental health awareness week, I am going to take the opportunity to explore the power of a positive attitude and introduce you to your locus of control. First let’s talk about a positive attitude, which often depends on our attitude towards life in general. So what are the benefits of having a positive attitude? Are you a person that sees a glass half full or half empty, maybe it just depends on the particular day. We all [...]

2604, 2021

The Role of Parents in a Young Child’s Learning

If you ask a young child who is the most important person in their world they will mostly say one of their parents! Parents sometimes don’t give themselves enough credit for how important their role is in their child’s life. Statistics show children spend 85% of their time at home with their parents or caregivers and research shows by five years old young children have formed 90% of their brain. This research backs up what young children already know - [...]

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