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

2611, 2019

Black Friday – Ideas for Santa!

Oh my isn't Christmas approaching so quickly. Christmas lights being turned on, Christmas Trees appearing at every window… and the sheer panic is starting to set in about presents and the shopping rush. You go into local supermarkets/toy shops – there is toy after toy in front of you – one wraps around your wrist making funny sounds, guns shooting things at you, talking figures, computer games, flashing lights here and there, loud noises that you know you will get [...]

2011, 2019

When to start talking to your baby?

Hi everyone, here goes my first ever blog! I hope you are all keeping well.  We here at Lifestart have access to amazing information on the ‘Growing Child’ and it’s time to start talking and sharing what we know! As part of our blogs, we will give you snippets of each booklet and talk about what you can expect in the different stages of your child’s development.  And there is no better place to start than with Month One where [...]

1411, 2019

Blogs for mums and dads!

We are delighted to let you know about our blog on Parenting Tips! Veronica, myself and Emma will be sharing this with input from other members of the Lifestart Team.  Lifestart has over 30 years’ experience in helping mums and dads (and others) understand how children develop. We think it is time to let everyone know about it.  Meet the team. Meet Emma, our mother of 3 (toddlers), life & food loving gal. Hello – I’m Emma. I work as [...]

2510, 2019

Watch this Space!

Sensory play - autumn leaves smell and feel amazing. Crunch and throw for some outdoor fun! We are delighted to let you know that the Lifestart team will soon start blogging on all things to do with child development.  Hopefully you are looking forward to this as much as we are!  In the meantime you can add comments on what you would like us to talk about.  Comment box below.