Preparing for Life is an early intervention/prevention programme currently taking place in the communities of North Dublin, working hand in hand with 200 families from pregnancy until their child is ready for school.
Pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life is a very important time when children grow and develop. It is the time when the child’s health, happiness and ability to learn are shaped.
In March 2004, a multi-disciplinary group comprising parents, local policy makers, managers, practitioners, and researchers, agreed to work together to address the actual circumstances of children and families. This group came together with a strong commitment and a clear focus on the issue of readiness to start school and its long term implications for education and economic viability. The work of the Preparing For Life group rested on the knowledge that a poor start in life meant problems later.
We provide a 5 - Year programme supporting families from pregnancy to when the child starts school. Our main activities are promoting child development and supporting effective parenting.
Our other activities include: Public Health Promotion, Interagency Co-ordination & Promoting the Síolta Framework.