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 Grant Initiative 2023

Applications for Parent and Toddler Group Grants 2023 are now open!

Following the announcement on Friday 10th March by the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this Initiative through their local CCC.

The Minister has secured funding of €250,000, which will be allocated to Parent and Toddler Groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). Press Release available here:

Grants will normally range from €100 to a total maximum of €1,400. New start up groups may apply for a grant of up to €1,100, existing P&T Groups can apply for up to €800.

As well as grants for existing and new P&T groups, an additional amount of up to €300 is available to provide an additional session. There is also a maximum of €300 available to operate/establish Buggy Walking Groups . Groups are advised to contact their local CCC for further information in respect to these two additional funding options.

Funding will be available for:

• Toys, equipment and books for indoor and outdoor activities, including children’s refreshments.
• Storage for equipment.
• Training for parents, e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting courses, facilitated sessions,
• Promotional Leaflets including any required translations.
• Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music.
• Limited funding will be available towards insurance or rent, up to a maximum of 40% 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.
• An amount of up to €300 is available for the establishment of buggy walking groups, it is envisaged that these groups, once established, will involve groups of parents/guardians and children meeting for organised walks on a regular basis (a minimum of 6 walking sessions) in their local community.
• Additional funding is also available to groups offering additional sessions, this funding is primarily for, but not exclusively aimed at, the inclusion of recently arrived parents and children from Ukraine and families from other countries.

Please complete the application form below:

and return to:

Grants for Parent & Toddler Groups, Dublin City/County Childcare Committee,

Ocean House, Aran Quay, Dublin 7.

Email to:

REMEMBER  The closing date is 21st April 2023

Parent & Toddler Groups in Dublin City

Please see the list below of Parent and Toddler groups operating in the Dublin City area. 

If you wish to be added to this list or to update your details, please email

All Weather Folk

Griffith Park, Millmount Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Hannah Lawlor

083 8287 628

Artane Coolock Family Resource Centre Parent & Toddler Group

Gracefield Road Artane, Artane, Dublin 5

Miriam Loughran

085 1859 7774

Baby Stay & Play

St. Helena's Family Resource Centre, St. Helen's Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Aoife Hogge/Mary Potts

086 4665 177 

Cara Hall Parent & Toddler Group

All Saints Road, Raheny, Dublin 5

Anja Byrne

087 9565 753

Caterpillar Kidz Parent & Toddler Group

Adelaide Road, Presbyterian Church, Dublin 2

Edenmore Early Education Centre Parent &Toddler Group

Tonglee Road, Raheny, Dublin 5

Sandra Cully

01 8679 902

Familibase Parent & Toddler Group

Familibase, 10 Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Katie O’Keeffe

086 7954 814

Flanagan Fields Parent & Toddler Group

Flanagan Fields Community Centre, Reuben Street, Dublin 8

Jennifer Lyons

085 1490 887

Hill Street Family Resource Centre Parent & Toddler

Hill Street Family Resource Centre, Hill Street Playground, Dublin 1

Eileen Smith

01 8746810

Little Beras

Bulfin estate Residents' Association Hall, Connolly Avenue, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Sorcha Nic Mhathúna

087  9232 040


Little Darlings Play Cafe

Santry Scouts Den, 55 Lorcan Crescent, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Susan Moran

086 3931889

Ringsend & Irishtown Parent & Toddler Group

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

Sonya Murphy

086 4412 686

St. Agnes Parent & Toddler Group

St. Agnes Parish Hall, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Christine Hanaphy/Lorraine Blood

01 4555 383