Healthy Ireland Smart Start 

This Pre- school Health Promotion training programme is the result of over a decade of collaborative working led by Health Promotion and Improvement in partnership with National Childhood Network, to ensure children in the pre-school settings are supported to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours in early childhood. The training Programme reflects the aim of the Healthy Ireland Framework to bring all people together into a national movement with a single aim to ensure the best possible health and well-being of our nation. Take a look at the following video which will give you a good insight into how other pre-school practitioners have experienced the programme

The programme consists of 6 units 

  • Health Promotion
  • Emotional Well- Being/ Literacy
  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition
  • Orla Health 
  • Health & Safety 

The programme duration  is 21 hours delivered over 7 weeks and this will include in- depth discussion about the assessment process and what providers will need to do to be recommended for the Healthy Ireland Award

This programme offers pre-school providers the opportunity to demonstrate and build on existing good practice within their service. All units are easily adaptable into the curriculum and the resources associated with this programme have been given great praise from children, staff and parents

The cost associated with engaging in this training programme is currently set at €25 which allows two people from each serice to attend the training. The training Helpdesk is available throughout training and assessment support practitioners engaging in this programme and tutors delivering the programme. For further information call 047-72469

Smart Start


I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth