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Getting You and Your Child off to a Flying Start

Covid – 19 : We will be updating each section of the site regularly to include additional support and strategies for parents during this challenging time. However,  this information should not replace current public health advise,  for the most up to date information please visit www.gov.ie where you can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19.


Click here to the updated Supporting Parents and Families through Summer 2020 pack 

Flying Start is a framework supporting children, parents and professionals. We bring together information on the different stages or transitions that happen in the first five years of your child’s life.  Most of the information we provide is useful for parents across Ireland, however, we are a Louth based project so some of the services we list on this site are only available to parents in Louth.


What are Transitions?

When it comes to parenting, one thing you can be certain of is change.  We call the different stages of change in a child’s life transitions.

Transitions are a natural and normal part of growth and development for parents and children.  The first five years of your child’s life are full of transitions.  From being an expectant parent right through to waving your child off on the first day of primary school.  Some of these transitions come with a degree of uncertainty.   Flying Start aims to support you through these transitions to make the first five years an enjoyable and smooth journey for you and your family.

Preparing for Parenthood

Preparing for Early Learning and Care

Preparing for Big School


Feb 21

Get in The Picture

Campaign for new mums to send in their photographs! Going through a pregnancy and birth during a global pandemic is an exceptional experience, especially for […]