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