Giving children/tamariki the best start in life
Being a parent is one of the hardest and most important jobs you’ll ever have. Sometimes personal or family/whānau situations can make it even more challenging.
At these times, getting support can be really important. Family Start is here to help.
What is Family Start?
Family Start is a free and voluntary home visiting service that supports children and family /whānau as early as possible.
Family Start helps parents do a great job caring for children. We can work with you to improve these things for your child:
- growth and health
- learning and relationships
- environment and safety
When can Family Start Help?
Families/whānau can engage with Family Start from pregnancy to when baby is twelve months old. Children up to two years of age can join the programme in some circumstances. A child can stay with Family Start until they start school.
Where is Family Start available?
Family Works South Canterbury provides the Family Start service in South and Mid Canterbury. Contact us to find out more, or to find out about other areas in New Zealand where Family Start is also available.