Parent & Toddler Groups

South Dublin County Childcare Committee is available to support anyone wishing to set up a parent and toddler group or those currently running one.  We can provide information which promotes the provision of a quality service that runs smoothly and conveniently for all the children and parents attending.  We can assist you in choosing toys and activities which are developmentally appropriate; encourage adult child interactions or we may be able to put you in contact with relevant agencies or organisations.  

South Dublin County Childcare Committee also administers a grant to Parent & Toddler groups on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs each year beginning in June/July.


List of Parent & Toddler Groups available in our area -  Parent & Toddler Groups 2018

Parent & Toddler grants

Information on grants available:
Applications for funding under this scheme should 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 €1000.  Existing groups can apply for a maximum grant of €700.  New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1000.

Applications are now open for the Parent & Toddler Grant 2019

Closing Date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 12th July 2019

To apply for the Parent & Toddler Grant please contact South Dublin County Childcare Committee on 01 457 0122 or email 

Funding will be available for:  

  • Toys, equipment and books
  • 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.

Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes
  • One off events 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

Additional Information:

  • P & T Groups should have a Bank Account/Credit Union Account. The money taken at each session, any grants received by the group or money received from fundraising should be paid into the account. It is recommended that spending on the group’s behalf should be paid for by cheque/draft. All transactions involving the group’s money should be recorded and all receipts kept
  • Applications from P & T Groups will only be accepted from groups known to South Dublin CCC, new groups should make arrangements to meet a South Dublin County Childcare Committee staff representative prior to application deadline
  • P & T Groups must submit evidence of appropriate insurance (not applicable to new groups), new groups will have to submit evidence of insurance within the first month of receiving the grant