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

1604, 2021

Security Blankets and Comforters!

Sometime between one and three years of age, your child may develop a special attachment to a blanket, teddy bear, or other cuddly objects. About 60% of toddlers in Western society develop such an attachment. By one year a child’s sense of self is beginning to develop. She is now old enough to go get or ask for an object she wants. At this stage of her life, she is dealing with the transition from infancy to toddlerhood. During this [...]

204, 2021

The Great Outdoors

The clocks have just sprung forward, there’s a stretch in the evening and we are beginning to get an occasional glimpse of a strange yellow ball in the sky.  We have all been stuck indoors long enough. It is the perfect time to go out and enjoy that great fresh air and a feeling of what seems like freedom. Regardless of space, if it’s a small square patch of concrete or a 5-acre field, you can still reap the benefits [...]

2603, 2021

I can feed myself!

By the ninth month, feeding time is becoming a great time for your baby to learn to feed themselves.  Since your baby is interested in spoons and cups, give them extra ones to bang with while you feed him or her with another spoon. If you are anything like me you will be searching every internet site, social media site, and other platforms to find out what to feed your baby and how you should introduce it. This can be [...]

1902, 2021

Quality Child Care

Just as you're settling into life with your new little 4 month old bundle of love, you start to think/worry about returning to work. You could be returning at 6 – 9 months or maybe you are privileged enough to take one year of work. Thoughts start to race through your head about how you’re going to cope back at work if your little one isn’t sleeping all night, how are you going to leave him or her, will your [...]

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