SureStart Services - For families living in the most disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland

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Sure Start programme support parents with children aged under four years old, living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland

The Department of Education’s SureStart programme supports families with children living in the most disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. The programme works with parents from pregnancy and provides support for children until their 4th birthday. Involvement with SureStart helps to ensure that children flourish at home and do well when they get to school.

How SureStart can help?

SureStart projects offer many different programmes for parents and children under four years old. The SureStart programme aims to improve a child's:

• ability to learn

• health and well-being

• social and emotional development

The 38 Sure Start projects across Northern Ireland complement the work of local services and in addition to support programmes, give young families advice on where to go and who to speak to, if they have specialised needs or problems.  

List of Sure Starts

Can you attend SureStart?

Your Postcode will determine whether you live in a SureStart catchment area and you should contact your nearest SureStart service, who will be able to check this for you.

Find your nearest SureStart

You will find your nearest SureStart project by choosing the Sure Start category  and inputting your postcode.

For more about SureStart please click on the following link:

SureStart Booklet 2017


Home-Start visits families in their own homes offering support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children.

Home Starts in N Ireland


Libraries NI

Libraries in Northern Ireland have many activities like Rhythm & Rhyme or Jo Jingles for young children. You should contact your local branch to find out about what is happening in your area.

Parent and Toddler Groups

Are listed in the Childcare section of this website - You should choose ‘Parent & Toddler’ under Category of childcare (use Drop-down bar), then input your (full) postcode and search within 1/5/10 miles.

Related Documents

Top Tips for Parents

Health and Social Care Trust Areas

SureStart Booklet 2017

Last Updated: 11/04/2019