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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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We’re recruiting a Lifestart Foundation Manager

The Lifestart Foundation is a charitable body with 30 years’ experience in the delivery of high-quality evidence-based parenting support. We are seeking a suitably qualified person to act as interim manager for a period of one year leading to her/his appointment as Lifestart’s new Executive Director.

The successful candidate will assist the Foundation in the fulfilment of its mission to educate parents on how young children develop and learn and to support parents in their child rearing role. S/he will be expected to internalise knowledge of the Lifestart Foundation’s goals, finances, challenges, opportunities and stakeholders; give direction and leadership in the implementation of the Foundation’s succession strategy; facilitate an expert review of the Lifestart Growing Child Programme and source funding.

Salary: £41,881pa per annum

Closing date:   Wednesday 19th October at 12.00 Noon

Further information, personnel specification and application forms may be obtained from the Executive Director, Lifestart Foundation Ltd, 2 Springrowth House, Balliniska Road, Springtown Industrial Estate, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 0GG.  Tel: 07912517109, Email: pauline@lifestartfoundation.org

The Lifestart Foundation is an equal opportunities employer.

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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.

Claire

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

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)

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

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