What is a Parent & Toddler Group?

A Parent & Toddler Group is a group of parents/carers and their children that meet regularly in a suitable location, for example, a community centre, parish or sports hall. While these groups are great for giving the children an opportunity to play and socialize in a safe environment supervised by their parents, they are also very beneficial for the parents/carers who get to meet others in similar circumstances that live in their area. They provide a great support network where parents have an opportunity to share their experiences and advice.

For more information on the Parent and Toddler Groups in your area, please contact our Office on (071) 91 48860.

For anyone who would like to access further information in relation to setting up a Parent & Toddler Group, a support pack is available to download by clicking the button below

Parent & Toddler Group Initiative

The Parent & Toddler Group Initiative is a strategic partnership between the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the County Childcare Committees 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 childminder’s, as well as to young children. These groups are an important source of social contact especially for parents and families new to an area.

Applications for funding under this 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.

The Dept.Of Children, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Youth publish Guidelines for Parent and Toddler Grants each year and the criteria for eligibility change each year.

For the most up to date information, please contact Suzanne on 071-91 48860 or email suzanne@sligochildcare.ie

Funding will be available for: 

  • Toys, equipment and books
  • Children’s activities, e.g. arts and crafts, music
  • Limited funding, 30% of total 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 such as outings, parties and trips.
  • Groups with €4,000 or more income in the previous year.
  • Groups that received funding the previous year but did not return the Progress Report.

Parent & Toddler Groups in Sligo

Ballymote FRC P&T Group

Contact: Niamh Flaherty

Address: Keash Road, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Phone: 071 91 97818

Benwiskin P&T Group

Contact: Jackie Warnock

Address: Benwiskin Centre, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo

Phone: 071 91 76721

First Steps P&T Group

Contact: Mabel Kennedy

Address: Methodist Hall, Wine St., Sligo

Phone: 087 6348472

Kiddiwinks P&T Group – Tubbercurry FRC

Contact: Mary Kilroy

Address: Mountain Road, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Phone: 071 91 86926

Little Buddies

Contact: Donna Harte

Address: The Avalon Centre, St Annes, Sligo.

Phone:  071916183

Little Gems P&T Group  – Special Needs Only

Contact: Niamh Driscoll

Address: Union Road, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo

Phone: 071 91 30464

Sligo Childrens Community Garden

Contact: Kylie Blundell

Address: c/o Sligo LETS, Cleveragh Drive, F91 X314

Email: sligochildrenscommunitygarden@gmail.com

Sligo FRC P&T Group

Contact: Liz King

Address: 49 The Mall, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Phone: 071 91 46315

Strandhill P&T Group

Contact: Caral Glynn

Address: Strand Celtic Club House, Strandhill, Co. Sligo

Phone: 087 2118036

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