About DOWN SureStart

SureStart is a government funded programme targeting children under 4yrs and their families.

DOWN SureStart is a local partnership of statutory, voluntary & community organisations who work together with children under 4 years and their parents/families to experience new opportunities and maximise their full potential – giving every child the best start in life.

DOWN SureStart aims to:

Improve health and well-being; Improve social and emotional development; Improve the ability to learn; Strengthen families and communities.

DOWN SureStart covers specific areas of deprivation within the Down locality (see below) however the name actually represents the work of the team.

  • D – Developing children and families
  • O – Opportunities for children and families
  • W – Well-being of children and families
  • N – Nurturing children and families

I think the groups are fantastic; there are so many activities that really help with children’s development and confidence. It’s great for building social skills… I would recommend SureStart to any parent - it’s a wonderful experience that all children should have!

Geographic Coverage

DOWN SureStart offer a wide range of programmes and services to offer help to famlies living within the SureStart Catchment area.

  • Downpatrick
  • Ardglass
  • Strangford
  • Ballykinlar
  • Killough
  • Murlough

Don’t see your local area here? Please contact the SureStart office on 02844613630 for more information.

Meet the Team

The DOWN SureStart team consists of a range of professionals including:

Project Co-ordinator, Project Support Co-ordinator, Health Visitors, Midwife, Speech and Language Therapists, Family Team, Paediatric Disability Social Worker, Physiotherapists, Health Development Worker, Early Years Team and Administration Team.

We look forward to working with you and your child.

Are you interested in joining our amazing team of highly dedicated volunteers?

Register your interest and we’ll get back to you soon.