Service Development

Families can access services in SureStart Shantallow by self-referral or referral by community or professional (e.g. Midwife, Health Visitor).

All families referred to SureStart Shantallow are allocated to a member of the multi-disciplinary team, who will arrange to carry out a home visit to inform parents of the services available to themselves and their children.

In addition to the individual contact SureStart Shantallow has developed a wide range of needs-led services. These can loosely be divided into:

  • Antenatal and Young Babies including programmes such asAntenatal Classes, Ante Natal Reflexology, Aqua Natal, Bumps and Babies and Baby Massage
  • Groups for Children such as Respite Crèche, Crèche for Children with Additional Needs, Drop In Crèche, Playgroup, SureStart Developmental Programme for 2-3 Year Olds
  • Groups for Parents e.g. Parenting Programmes including Nurturing Programme and Incredible Years Programmes, Young Parents Support, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Sleepy Heads, Welfare Rights
  • Groups for Parents and Children together e.g. Talking Tots, Chatter Crèche, Play Programmes including Messy Play, Play and Discover, Amazing Babies, Me and Mine, Bookstart +, Stay & Play, Waterbabies, Childminders Drop-In, Childminders Support Group, Home Play.

Working closely with other agencies based in Shantallowand the wider area, SureStart Shantallow continues to develop to meet the needs of the community which it serves.