UpTo2 Programme Helps Parents Recognise Developmental Milestones

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The Blue Skies Initiative has announced details of the UpTo2 Programme 2017 which offers expectant mothers advice and information on becoming a new parent.

The course will be delivered in partnership with HSE Public Health Nurses, Deansrath Family Centre and Archways; with parents learning about preparation for the new arrival, Incredible Years Parent and Baby Programme, baby massage, first aid, weaning/feeding, sleeping and crying routines.

Applications for the new course, beginning on Wednesday, September 15th in Kilcronan, Clondalkin are now open to any expectant parents in the West Dublin area.

Project Coordinator Lorraine Doherty said: “Early childhood is very important in a child’s development. The ABC Blue Skies Initiative aims to embed evidence based programmes, such as the UpTo2 Programme for new parents, in the local community to help benefit the overall well-being of all children and families in the area.”

The UpTo2 Programme runs for eight weeks and allows mothers and babies meet in an informal setting where they can learn, swap tips and ask questions of the specially trained public health nurses who will deliver the programme which has been designed to offer supports to parents from pre-birth until their baby reaches 2 years of age.

In addition to taking referrals for the course in Kilcronan starting on September 15th, the UpTo2 Programme is also accepting applicants for the next course starting at the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre on October 25th.

The Blue Skies Initiative has been running in West Dublin since September 2014 and has engaged with over 1000 parents and children in the area during that time providing free training courses, information sessions and supports from pre-birth to school.

Falling under the Area Based Childhood Initiative, Blue Skies is funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and Atlantic Philanthropies and overseen by the Centre for Effective Services and Pobal and is managed locally by a Consortium led by Archways.

To find out more information about the UpTo2 Programme or to register for a place on the free course visit Blue Skies Initiative UpTo2.