Children Services / Early Childhood Development / KidSTART
KidSTART is a programme for children from low-income families to enable them to have a good start in life. KidSTART programme supports parents with child development, coordinate and strengthen holistic support for families where needed, and monitors the developmental progress of children from birth onwards.
Preschool-based early childhood social work intervention
Strengthening children’s circle of care: home, school and community
Focus on holistic development of the child through preventive developmental support
KidSTART Home Visitation
The programme consists of regular home visits to parents (or main caregivers) and their infants, from the antenatal stage until the child is three years old. Parents receive support in skills and practical knowledge across areas of child growth, health and nutrition.
KidSTART Groups (Supported Playgroups)
The sessions are based on the Supported Playgroups concept, and help parents and caregivers to build up skills in child development and parent-child bonding through evidence-based curricula of structured and purposeful play.
KidSTART Enhanced Support to Preschools
An additional resource to improve engagement with and support for parents, and to improve the child’s school readiness. This may include addressing barriers related to poor preschool attendance and referrals to other support programmes to ensure their developmental needs are addressed.
Growing Together with KidSTART
The programme aims to deepen partnerships between the community and Government in giving children on the KidSTART programme a good start in life