The Headstart Programme is a transition programme for parents/guardians and their children who are starting to attend Primary School. Wexford Local Development and the County Wexford Education Network fund a resource pack which is distributed to schools for use with incoming Junior Infant children and their parents.
The aims of the programme are three fold:
- to give incoming Junior Infant children equal educational opportunities through using the early learning packs with their parents/guardians
- to provide an opportunity for children to improve their fine motor skills, concentration levels and to enjoy art activities
- to encourage parents/guardians to enjoy shared reading time with their children.
The Headstart packs include a reading book, jigsaw, junior triangular pencil, pack of colouring pencils, safety scissors and activity work sheets and connecting links in a zip mesh bag.
Currently the Headstart programme benefits over 800 children in schools across county Wexford.