Smart Start

Suitable for: Pre-School Services

Healthy Ireland Smart Start Health Promotion Programme for pre-school services.

The programme focuses on:

  • Health Promotion within the pre-school setting
  • Nutrition and Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Oral Health
  • Health and Safety (Accident Prevention)
  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Literacy and Well-being

 Smart Start

Child Development

If you are concerned about your child’s development speak with your GP or Public Health Nurse. If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, speak with their healthcare team about specific equipment and activities need to help them keep active.

All children will benefit from physical activity and play – regardless of their level of ability.

For more information about your child’s development, visit

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I remember taking a photograph the first time my son discovered he could put his toes in his mouth and the look of pure amazement on his face. I was lying beside him on the bed while he was lying on his back touching and grabbing his feet. Then he brought up his tiny, little foot further towards his mouth and suddenly hey presto, he popped his toes into his mouth. His gummy smile spread across his face and his eyes lit up in sheer delight.

Peter, Donegal