Download Parent and Toddler Information Pack

Parent and Toddler groups are a great place for parents (both mothers & fathers) but also grandparents, guardians, childminders and carers to get together and provide a fun filled environment in which their children, usually under 5, can play. A small charge usually arises for participants, which helps pay for the toys, insurance, craft activities and refreshments. You can attend a Parent & Toddler Group with a new born baby, a baby who has just learnt to sit, a toddler and a pre-schooler, or a combination of the above.

It provides children with a great starting point to get used to a populated setting which can make the transition to pre-school easier. Group activities also help children build their social skills as it gives them the opportunity to interact with other children. For parents these groups can be a great source of support. It provides an opportunity to meet with other parents in your locality and share experiences, tips and information.

Groups can organise speakers to address the parents on issues that interest them e.g. nutrition, child development, speech therapy and the value of play or arrange a meeting with the public health nurse etc.


Parent and Toddler Grant 2021 – Now Open – Closing Date 10th September 2021

The Parent and Toddler Grants 2021 are now open for application.  Download Application form here: 2021 Parent and Toddler Application Form

Information on grants available:

 Applications for funding under this scheme should only be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not-for-profit basis and involve the participation of parents in the community. Grants will normally range from €100 to €1,250.  Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €800.  New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1250.

Funding will be available for:  

  • Toys, equipment, and books for indoor and outdoor activities
  • Storage for equipment
  • Training for parents, e.g., paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses
  • Children’s activities, e.g., arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment, up to a maximum of 30% of total funding for existing services.
  • Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 70% of total funding for new services.

Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes.
  • One off event such as outings, parties, and trips
  • Groups with a closing balance of €3,000 or more in the previous year
  • Groups who received funding in previous years and did not return the Progress Report and receipts for items purchased.
  • Groups who do not submit evidence of appropriate insurance when making their application.

For more information please download the Guidelines here: 2021 Parent and Toddler Guidelines

***Closing Date for Application is 10th September 2021.***

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