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Home-Start Edinburgh - Inspiring Scotland

Home-Start Edinburgh

Home-Start Edinburgh provides services for families in North East, North West and South West Edinburgh with at least one child under 5 years old.

1-1 support:

Parents/carers/families will usually be visited once a week at home by a member of staff or a trained volunteer. Visits can also be arranged in the local community.

Family support aims to build on your strengths, increasing your capacity to cope with challenges and work toward your goals. Goals are discussed and agreed through an initial ‘visit’ with one of the Home-Start Coordinators who can relate to –

  • parent/carer-child relationships
  • managing children’s behaviour
  • active involvement in children’s learning
  • physical activity
  • improving mental health
  • financial awareness and management skills
  • safety awareness
  • skills and qualifications development


Group support:

All our groups are a place for safe and confidential sharing, listening and offering peer support.

  • Baby massage is open to parents/carers and most appropriate for babies aged 6 weeks to 6 months.
  • Peep groups are open to parents/carers with babies/toddlers up to 1 year old.
  • Other opportunities for learning are explored and can take the form of drop-in groups for families with children up to age 5.

You can join one of our Infant Massage or baby Peep group (location dependant).

Infant massage focuses on the benefits of touch and communication to support bonding and attachment.

Peep Learning Together Programme focuses on singing storytelling and activities you can do in the home to support your baby’s learning and development and enhance your relationships.


Health Visitor and Midwife referrals will be prioritised, but self-referrals also accepted.