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 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

2607, 2021

Let it grow, let it grow!

The benefits of making something grow Growing fruit, vegetables or plants is a great activity to keep your young child entertained during the summer holidays. Most young children will love growing their own food or plants as it is a way to get their hands dirty, have fun and create something new. They will be interested in learning about fruit, vegetables and plants and how to grow them, from when to water the soil to how long it will take [...]

907, 2021

I’m Bored!

Less than a week into the summer holidays, I don’t know if it is just my house, but the phrase most used at the minute is "I’m bored". But why does this have to be such a bad thing?  Why do we always need to have something to do? Children and even some adults are so used to having endless activities and structure, that when these aren’t available they just don’t know what to do. Of course, structure and routines [...]

2306, 2021

Building Baby’s Brain

Understanding how a baby’s brain is built is without a doubt the most fascinating aspect of human development.  Well for me it is!  What happens to a child in mum’s womb and the 2 years following sets a child up for the rest of their life.  It will determine how they learn, how they will feel about themselves, and how they will feel about others.  It also sets the blueprint for health for the rest of their life – both [...]

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? [...]

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