About Us - Who the Service is for

Information on who can use the Early Start service


For Parents

Early Start is offered to Canterbury families with newborn babies, where social and family circumstances may put at risk the health and well-being of their children.

The service provided is entirely voluntary, free, long term (up to 5 years) and home based and promotes healthy child development within a nurturing family environment.

For Young Mothers

We will accept referrals for young mothers 19 years and under and their families/whānau from 12 weeks antenatal to 9 months postnatal.