Family Start Programme - Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi


Family Start Programme

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Family Start is an intensive home visiting programme that focuses on improving tamariki health and development. It supports whānau who have challenges or problems that may make it harder for them to care for their pēpi or young tamariki.

Whānau work with a Whānau Awhina / Family Support Worker to strengthen and improve parenting skills for the benefit of the child as well as to achieve whānau goals.

Referrals can be made from the second trimester of hapūtanga (pregnancy) or up until pēpi is 12 months old.

Arnika’s kōrero

When I started with Family Start, I was nervous and excited because I was going to have someone on my side to help me and my child, help me to reach my goals and grow as a mum. My Whānau Awhina is easy to be around and talk with. I trust her and I always look forward to our weekly visits. She listens well and answers my questions with understanding. I feel that Family Start is a welcoming programme and I would encourage other mums to join.