Parent and Toddler Groups are as the name suggests, parents and their children who meet in a local setting, generally a local community centre, or parish hall, for anything up to a couple of hours once a week. This is a voluntary service, parents mind their own children. These groups offer parents/families the opportunity to meet other adults and for children to get to play with other children. The adults may be parents/guardians, childminders or even grandparents/extended family.

P and T Groups

For more information on setting up a Parent and Toddler Group, please click here. If you like help/support with setting up a Parent and Toddler Group, please contact one of our team.

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Parent and Toddler Group Grants 2020

The Parent and Toddler Grants 2020 are now open for application. If you would like to get an application pack, please contact edel on 043-3342505 or email at edel@longfordchildcare.ie. The deadline for the applications is 15th October 2020.

Message from the DCYA 18.09.20

Dear Parent & Toddler Groups,

Please be advised that the DCYA wish to progress with the administration of the 2020 P&T funding and the need to maintain continuity for established groups.  In relation to the administration of the allocations of 2020 Parent & Toddler funding in the context of Covid-19 uncertainties, the DCYA can confirm the following areas of eligible expenditure:

  • 1. Training courses (e.g. paediatric first aid, committee skills, parenting etc.) where these can be conducted remotely and are completed in this calendar year
  • 2. Children’s activities (e.g. arts and crafts, music) where the CCC is satisfied that these can be carried on safely under Covid-19 health protocols
  • 3. Expenditure on rent and insurance will be allowed up to 100% of total funding on the provision that the grantee can demonstrate to the CCC the need for P&T funding to meet these costs rather than from the P&T group’s own resources. Financial records relating to this spend must be maintained and it should be noted that the raising of the threshold from 30% to 100% of funding for this element is strictly on a once off basis for 2020.
Parent and Toddler Grants 2020