The Childcare Partnerships within the Health & Social Care Board and the Department of Education jointly hosted a Sure Start event in Belfast City Hall to celebrate the Importance of the Early Years for children and families across Northern Ireland.
The event brought together 180 professionals from a range of statutory, voluntary and community organisations and elected representatives to celebrate the work of Sure Start and to launch the findings of a Sure Start Parental Survey. Partnership working was highlighted as the root of what makes Sure Start work. Some of the attendees gave the following feedback on the event:
“The evidence now around the benefits of Sure Start was very welcome and feedback from parents reinforced this”
“Excellent event with numerous moving stories showing the great work of Sure Start”
“Outcomes for Children and Family from attending Sure Start are very evident!!!”
There are currently 39 Sure Start Projects across Northern Ireland that work in the top 25% most disadvantaged wards. Sure Start is a programme targeted at parents and children under the age of four living in the most disadvantaged areas. It brings together health, family support and early education services which are designed to support children’s health and well-being with three core aims to improve the ability to learn, health and social development.
31,000 0-3 year olds and their Families are registered with their local Sure Start Projects which is 81% of eligible children. In 2016-17 112,000 Sure Start activities were delivered across Northern Ireland………………(Read More)