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The Nurture Programme – Infant Health and Wellbeing

Background

The Nurture Programme began in mid-2014 as a new initiative to support change in how infant health and wellbeing services were being delivered. We know from research that the first two years are the most critical in a child’s development. The Nurture Programme aims to give infants under the age of two their best start in life, and recognises that capacity building of service providers is key. The Programme aims to support strategic change in universal health and wellbeing services for infants and their families. Public information for parents, professional development, tools and resources for practitioners are all part of the Programme. Nurture is being delivered by the HSE, with funding provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Katharine Howard Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ireland. The Programme Grant is managed by the Katharine Howard Foundation.

Our Role

Our role involves providing technical assistance to the HSE to implement the programme. CES has been involved from the outset of the Programme, where we worked with the HSE and the Katharine Howard Foundation to develop a logic model and funding proposal. Some of our work includes:

  • Scoping of services, structures and training within services for infants and their families to inform an implementation plan
  • Reviewing evidence of effective approaches in services
  • Supporting the planning and analysis of consultations with service providers, health professionals and parents
  • Providing support and assistance to Nurture Implementation Teams.