Star Sure Start official opening
12/02/2014A project which offers Banbridge children living in Edenderry and The Cut Wards the best start in life by bringing together health, early education and family support services has been officially opened.
Kevin Duggan, project manager with Star Sure Start, said: “We work with parents to promote the development of babies and young children so that they can flourish at home and when they get to school. The team of committed and enthusiastic staff includes a health visitor, speech and language therapist, parenting worker, occupational therapist, family support worker, midwife and play development workers. They aim to improve the health and wellbeing of parents and children through fun-filled programmes that can be delivered in both our centre and in the family home. We ensure that help is offered early to both parents and young children so that we give our children the best possible start in life."
The early years in a child’s life are important in helping to shape their future, develop potential, and identify issues early so that support can be provided.
Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services at the Southern Trust, adds: “Sure Start projects, like Star in Banbridge, are unique and valuable and enable the youngest children in our society to get a good start in life. We recognise that access to quality services such as those in Star Sure Start can strengthen the foundation of lifelong learning for all children and support the social needs of mums and dads.”
Star Sure Start services are available to families with children under four years and those expecting a new baby in The Cut and Edenderry wards. For more information on the range of support available including baby café, parenting programmes, speech and language therapy and dads’ programmes, contact 028 4062 2475 or visit www.starsurestart.com
Notes to Editor
The Department of Education provides funding to Star Sure Start and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust provides the staff for the project.
The television advert from the Department of Education highlights the positive impact parent and family member involvement can have on a child's education. View it on the Department of Education YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/thedeptofeducation
Cllr Olive Mercer, Chairman of Banbridge District Council, joined the celebrations, and is pictured with local mum Melissa, her son Adam, Star Sure Start Project Manager Kevin Duggan and Early Years Team Leader Danielle McKeown
Star Sure Start’s Baby Café is for parents with children up to one year
The friendly Star Sure Start team