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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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

2701, 2022

Have you had your talk yet?

We often joke about talking to our children about the birds and the bees.  Many of us dread these conversations as we think it is a difficult topic.  Well, my question for this blog is not about the birds and the bees!  The question I'd like to ask is, how often do you talk to each other about how you would like to parent your children.  Talking about parenting from the start can save a lot of tension and arguments [...]

2611, 2021

The importance of Music in a child’s Life

From pregnancy to their teens children can associate music with places, times, good memories or possibly even bad memories. It enhances all the main senses which take us through all stages of life. Music is one of those things we can all relate to or even chat about. It can bring two people close together and bond over many things! In pregnancy as a mother we are told to play certain types of music to see how the baby reacts [...]

1311, 2021

Planning for a ‘Greener’ Family Christmas

Halloween is over and the countdown to Christmas is officially on.  The shops are getting busier, children are getting excited and constantly adding to their endless wish lists. More and more parents are becoming ever more stressed and anxious about how they are going to manage financially. Of course, no one wants to let their child down on Christmas morning! And then we have so many parents sharing images on social media of what looks like a toy store window [...]

1510, 2021

Big Worries on Little Shoulders

When the weight of the world appears to be on little shoulders, is there anything we as parents can do?  Of course, there will be circumstances in life that we cannot control or protect our children from. For example, starting school, serious illness, or the death of a loved one. However, there are plenty of life’s trials and woes we can shelter children from. And as they become older, allow them to become aware in an age-appropriate manner.  Childhood fears [...]

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