Information on Parent & Toddler Group Initiative

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative Grants 2011

Funded by the Irish Government under the NCIP 2006-2010


In 2010 the OMCYA in partnership with the Katherine Howard Foundation allocated funding under the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) 2006-2010 to Parent and Toddler groups throughout the country. The initiative developed a support and information strategy, in collaboration with the City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs), to assist the promotion and expansion of Parent and Toddler Groups. The grants recognise that Parent and Toddler Groups are providing informal support to parents, grandparents and childminders, as well as to young children. The groups are an important source of social contact especially for new parents and families new to an area.

Information on grants available;

Applications for funding under the 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 €600.

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, training or minor refurbishment

Funding will not be available for:

  • Groups operating out of private homes
  • One off events e.g outings, parties, trips
  • Groups with €4,000 or more income in 2010
  • Groups that received funding in 2010 and did not return the Progress Report

How to apply:

Please contact the County Childcare Committee office for further information on the application process for 2011.