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Preparing For Life

Preparing for Life is a prevention and early intervention project based in north Dublin.

We work to improve children’s lives by supporting parents, early years practitioners and teachers to use proven approaches to help children achieve their full potential.

We work with families, health services, pre-schools and schools from pregnancy through childhood.

Preparing for Life began as an early intervention research project. Since 2008, we have worked with families in Dublin 5 and 17 supporting parents to get their children ready to start school. We did this by offering:

  • Mentoring in the home to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to help their children develop.
  • Positive parenting courses for parents of children aged two and over.
  • Support for early years settings to achieve Síolta accreditation.

Together with the UCD Geary Institute, we have followed the journey of these families to evaluate if our programme improves children’s school readiness and to understand the factors that make our work successful.The learning from this research phase will inform our work under the Area Based Childhood Programme