Sure Start

What is Sure Start?

Sure Start 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 0-4.

At present Early Years employs over 140 staff in ten projects across Northern Ireland. These include Newry, Splash, Clogher Valley, South Armagh, Dungannon, Rainbow, Blossom, Star, Kilkeel and Arke Sure Starts.

Early Years play a key role in a number of the Sure Start projects by:

  • Acting as employer
  • Providing Lead and/or Accountable Body services
  • Chairing meetings
  • Providing strategic direction to projects
  • Providing expert early years advice and support
  • Providing access to evidence based practice for practitioners
  • Ensuring high quality practice
  • Ensuring consistency across those projects where Early Years are involved
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