What is SureStart?
SureStart is a government led initiative aimed at giving every child the best possible start in life and which offers a broad range of services focusing on Family Health, Early Years Care and Education and Improved Well Being Programmes to children aged 4 and under.
Clonard SureStart Programme is supported by a number of key principles:
- To co-ordinate, streamline and add value to existing services for young children and their families in local communities.
- To involve parents.
- To avoid stigma.
- To ensure lasting support.
- To be sensitive to local families needs.
- To promote the participation of all local families.
Services provided must:
- Add value to existing/planned services.
- Be based upon evidence of what interventions are successful.
- Imaginatively respond to local need.
- Be informed by strategic direction.
SureStart work is focused on 6 high level outcomes to ensure children are:
- Being Healthy.
- Enjoying Learning and Achieving.
- Living in Safety and with Stability.
- Living in a Society which Respects their Rights.
- Experiencing Economic and Environmental Well-being.
- Contributing Positively to Community and Society
The core services of Sure Start are:
- Outreach and home visiting services, to make contact as early as possible in the child’s life and draw families into using other services;
- Family support, including befriending, social support and parenting information, both group and home based;
- Good quality play, learning and child care experiences for children, both group and home based;
- Primary and community healthcare and advice, and
- Support for children with special needs, both within the Sure Start services offered and through signposting to more specialised services where necessary