Resources for Parents

The National Childcare Scheme is a landmark new Scheme for Ireland. It is the first ever statutory entitlement to financial support for childcare. It establishes an equitable and progressive system of universal and income-related subsidies for children up to the age of 15. It also provides an innovative and user-friendly online application process to access those subsidies.

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme.  Its goal is to empower pre-school providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can meaningfully participate in the ECCE Programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.

Parent Hub Sligo Leitrim is an online focal point for parents to easily access information on local supports. The workings of the hub are overseen by Parenting Support Champions who are drawn from a wide range of services and backgrounds involved in supporting parenting at different levels, including Sligo Family Resource Centre, Lifestart, HSE and Tusla PPFS etc. The aim of the Parent Hub is to improve outcomes for parents and families by sharing information, providing support, promoting parental participation, and organising events for parents.

The HSE provides all of Ireland’s public health services in hospitals and communities across the country. View and search for health services on a map or see all health services available through the HSE by visiting their website

Key messages on what works best for children and families at different ages and stages.  Parenting24seven is part of the Supporting Parenting project in Prevention Partnership and Family Support programme within Tusla. Choose your child’s age range or look through different articles on their website

First 5 is a whole-of-Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children and their families. It is a ten-year plan to help make sure all children have positive early experiences and get a great start in life.

Childminding Ireland is the National Body for Childminders. They support childminders so that they can offer best quality childcare in a home-from-home setting. Childminding Ireland is a membership organisation and a Registered Charity.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has a is a wide range of information, advice and support available that parents may find useful

Guide explains the purpose of, and audience for the Guide and outlines the meaning of the word ‘curriculum’ as used in Aistear, in Síolta and in the Guide. It also gives an overview of the structure of the Practice Guide and describes the aspects of Aistear and Síolta that it focuses on.
Barnardos’ mission is to deliver services and work with families, communities, and our partners to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are affected by adverse childhood experiences.
City/County Childcare Committees support and assist families and early learning and care and school age childcare providers with childcare matters at local county level. They are a Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth-funded support and are located nationwide.

The 30 CCCs were established in 2001 and coordinate the implementation of the national childcare policy and programmes at a local level on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth.

Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland.  The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people through local and national interagency working. 

Meitheal is a TUSLA Led National practice model designed to ensure that the needs of families are identified and responded to in a timely way
Meitheal brings together agencies working with a family to create an integrated action plan for a child where there is unmet needs such as emotional, behavioural, illness, housing, financial or difficult family circumstance.
It can also help to identify other agencies who may be in a positon to support the family.
If you are working with a family who you feel may benefit from a Meitheal you can initiate a Meitheal with the parent by filling in a Meitheal request form  with the parents signed consent.
Completed request forms can be sent to the following address.

Meitheal Office
Prevention, Partnership and Family Support
Tusla, Child and Family Agency
Markievicz House,
Barrack Street,
F91 XC84

Tel: 071 91 49682

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