Sure Starts



Sure Start is a Government initiative targeting children age under 4 and their families in areas of social disadvantage to promote the physical, intellectual and social development of children to ensure they have the best start in life.

There are currently 38 Sure Start projects across Northern Ireland which covers a wide geographic spread.

The Sure Start projects are managed locally by the five Childcare Partnerships within Northern Ireland.

Currently there are approximately 30,000 children registered with Sure Start across Northern Ireland. The children and their families can avail of a range of services including outreach and home visiting services, family support, maternal and child healthcare and early education and play.


Sure Start Aims / Policy Outcomes / Principles