Parent and Toddler Groups

A Parent and Toddler Group is an informal group within the local community, which provides an opportunity for young children and their parents/carers to meet. Parent and Toddler groups can be a great way of meeting other people with children the same age as yours in your area. While these were traditionally aimed at parents, they can include childminders, grandparents and other guardians.

Who runs the group? A voluntary committee of parents/carers is formed and officers (members with responsibilities) are elected/appointed. This committee oversees the smooth running of the group.

If you have any questions about setting up a Parent and Toddler Group, please contact us – tel. 01 8733696 or email

Parent & Toddler Group Grants 2022

Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this initiative through their local Childcare Committee towards the costs of:

– toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities, children’s refreshments

– storage for equipment

– training for parents (eg. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses, facilitated sessions)

– children’s activities (eg. arts and crafts, music)

– limited funding will be available towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment

This year, 2 new funding streams are being introduced under Parent and Toddler Group Grants initiative:

– funding of up to €400 is available to establish and operate Buggy Walking Groups. These Buggy Walking Groups are organised social walks for parents/guardians and young children. The grant of up to €400 is open to any existing or new organisations or groups who wish to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their community

– funding of up to €400 is available for new or existing Parent and Toddler Groups to provide an additional session

Read the press release here: – Minister O’Gorman announces €325,000 under the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2022 (

For an application form, please email

Parent & Toddler Groups in Dublin City

Please see the list below of Parent and Toddler groups operating in your area. If you wish to be added to this list or to update your details, please email

Carebear World Parent and Toddler Group

8 St Mary's Road, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Caroline Cummins

01 4417182  /  01 4067799

Clongriffin Parent Baby/Toddler group

The Junction, Station Square, Clongriffin Dublin 13 (next to Clongriffin Dart Station).

Geraldine McHugh

Further info: Cuidiu Dublin North East Facebook page.

Flanagan Fields parent & Toddler Group

Flanagan Fields Community Centre, Reuben Street, Dublin 8

Nina Harden

01 5615197

Hill Street Family Resource Centre Parent & Toddler

Hill Street Family Resource Centre, Hill Street, Dublin 1

Alison McCormack

01 8746810

Little Darlings Play Cafe

Santry Scouts Den, Lorcan Green, Dublin 9

Susan Moran

086 3931889

Marks Lane Toddler group - ELI

Marks Lane Primary Care Centre, Dublin 1

Alex Nolan

086 2734530

Mount Merrion Parent/Carer Play Group

North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin

Alex Nolan

086 2734530

Our Lady of the Wayside Parent & Toddler Group

Our Lady Of The Wayside N.S, Bluebell Rd, Dublin 12
Gwen Hanley 087 9167615

Playgroup Italiano

Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Lad Lane, Dublin 2

Cecile Ramondetta

087 6133158

Ringsend & Irishtown parent & toddler group

Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Donal Lehmann

086 4412686

Spanish P & T Group

Pearse Area Recreation Centre (PARC), Lower Erne Street, Dublin 2

Maria Valderas

086 6053849

St. Marks' Baby and Toddlers' Group

St. Marks' Church, 42A Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Lilibeth Azuaje

01 671 4276

The Ark P & T Group

Abundant Grace Christian Assembly, Regal House, 28 Fitzwilliam Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Sharon Perry

087 9588513