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

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

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 Darlings Play Cafe

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

Susan Moran

086 3931889

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

St. Agnes Parent & Toddler Group

St. Agnes Parish Hall, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Christine Hanaphy/Lorraine Blood

01 4555 383 

Artane Coolock Family Resource Centre Parent & Toddler Group

Gracefield Road Artane, Artane, Dublin 5

Miriam Loughran

085 1859 7774

Ringsend & Irishtown Parent & Toddler Group

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

Sonya Murphy

086 4412 686

Familibase Parent & Toddler Group

Familibase, 10 Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Katie O’Keeffe

086 7954 814

All Weather Folk

Griffith Park, Millmount Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Hannah Lawlor

083 8287 628

Little Beras

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

Sorcha Nic Mhathúna

087  9232 040