Start Right Limerick is part of the National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI). This initiative is funding a number of innovative inter-agency demonstration projects over a period of three years commencing in 2011, including ‘Start Right Limerick’.
Start Right Limerick seeks to:
- Enhance the capacity of parents, families and services to work collaboratively to improve the health and well-being of children, with a particular focus on learning and development through
- the establishment of an Intensive Outreach Service
- an upskilling programme to enhance the capacity of staff in early years settings
- supporting early childhood practitioners to successfully include children with additional and special educational needs in their settings
- Foster collaborative work practices in the early years’ sector among service providers, other professional groups, parents and families by
- providing capacity building support to enable Local Child Support Teams to work collaboratively
- developing and implement an accessible information strategy targeted at parents, families, service providers and other professionals with children from birth to six years
- supporting the implementation of the NEYAI by enhancing integrated work practices and the use of resource sharing among statutory, community and voluntary agencies in the early years sector.
The Start Right Limerick Project is managed by an interagency Consortium comprising of: PAUL Partnership, Limerick City Children’s Services Committee, Mary Immaculate College, Strategic Innovation in Education (SIE), Limerick Regeneration Agency, and Limerick City Childcare Committee.
The Consortium has a vision of families, local services and community working together to enable children in the target project area to enjoy a fulfilling childhood and to achieve positive outcomes in health, well-being and learning development. The target project area includes the Southside RAPID area of Limerick City (Southill, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Our Lady of Lourdes) and the Old Cork Road.