Parent & Toddler Groups

Do you run a Parent and Toddler Group or Are you interested in setting up a Parent and Toddler group up in your area?

Now more than ever, Parents, Guardians and grown-ups are contacting us in Cork City Childcare, actively seeking opportunities for connection and interaction for themselves and their young children in their communities. Perhaps you run a group that we are unaware of or are considering setting up a group in your community in the Cork City area! If so, Get in touch! We would love to support you, in reaching these parents!

What is a Parent and Toddler (P&T) Group?

As the name suggests, parents and their children who meet in a variety of local settings, to include local community centres, parish halls or other appropriate settings for anything up to a couple of hours once a week. In recent times there is growing awareness towards potentially advertising the group as a Baby & Toddler group as it can enable for a wider range of potential carers and guardians, to include extended family, Childminders, and grandparents, to come along and get involved. The group is a voluntary service, where the attending parent/guardian has full responsibility for their own children. These groups offer parents/guardians & families the fabulous opportunity to connect with other adults, develop potential friendships, seek, or share advice and gives children safe, welcoming opportunities to play and interact with other children.

How can Cork City Childcare help you and your current or potential P&T group?

  • A development Worker is available to assist with vital Information and guidance with the many aspects associated with the general suitability, running, management, and maintenance of your group.
  • We can offer tailored Support in regards developing appropriate policies and procedures necessary to run a quality led P&T Group in your area.
  • A development worker is available to make recommendations about P&T Programme planning or give suggestions or ideas about suitable age-appropriate toys, equipment and materials needed for the children attending your Parent and Toddler Group.
  • Cork City Childcare can advise you and your group about relevant Grant or funding opportunities available to you or how fundraising may be approached to compliment the financial requirements of your P&T group.
  • We can support you in developing an appropriate advertisement and communication plan. It is important that parents/guardians in the community are aware that the group is in existence! We can also offer opportunities for free advertisement through our dedicated Cork City Childcare Webpage or signposting enquiring parents to local P&T groups in the cork city area.
  • Signposting to other agencies, links, or organisations, specific to supporting you and your current or potential Parent & Toddler Group
  • A Development Worker is available to visit your group or potential location
  • Cork City Childcare can suggest training or facilitate networking with other P&T organisers/groups in the Cork City Area.

The Parent & Toddler Group Grant

Each year, Cork City Childcare invites applications from Parent and Toddlers groups operating in Cork City for The Parent and Toddler Group Grant. The Parent and Toddler group grant initiative provides small grants for the purchase of equipment & resources, training, and other operational and start-up costs.

Parent and Toddler Grant

Following from the success of last year’s Grants, the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024 will offer two streams of funding:

1. Funding of €800 for existing Groups and €1,000 for the establishment of new Groups.

2. Funding of up to €300 to establish and operate Buggy Walking Groups. These Buggy Walking Groups are organised social walks for parents/guardians and young children. This stream is open to any existing or new organisations or Groups who wish to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their community.

Read the press release here

The Parent and Toddler Grant Application is now open for applications for 2024

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.

Applications must be completed and returned by 03/05/2024.

Please contact Leanne for an application form

Information or support with setting up a Parent and Toddler Group

Please contact Cork City Childcare on 021-4310500 and ask for the Development Worker  Leanne Twomey allocated to supporting the Parent & Toddler groups.

Parent and Toddler Groups in the Cork City Area

Please see below list of current and active parent and toddlers groups 

Some useful Parent & Toddler Group Resources are available below:

Parent & Toddler Groups

Barnardos Brighter Futures P&T PEEP Group

Contact Person: Marion Kearney


Phone: 021-4307964

Days/Times: Fridays 09:30am – 10:30am (Term Time Only)

Beginnings P&T Group Family Resource Centre (Mahon CDP)

Contact Person: Gwen Healy


Phone: 021-4358866

Days/Times: Fridays 10:30am – 11:00am

Blackrock Toddlebums PT

Contact Person: Maeve Donegan

Phone: 086 3959362

Days/Times: Tuesdays 09:30am 11:00am

Cork Multiples Group

Contact Person: Alexie Uí Laoghaire / Noreen O’Keefe


Phone: 024-95325 / 086 8367590

Days/Times: Fridays 10:00am – 12:00pm

Cuddles and Chats P&T Group

Contact Person: Barry Hickey


Phone: 021-4928370 / 087 1659084

Days/Times: Tuesday 10:30am – 12:30pm

FACT Ballincollig

Contact Person: Lorraine Fitzgerald


Phone: 021 4876295

Days/Times: Thursdays 10:30am – 11:30am

Hokey Kokey T Group

Contact Person: Carmel Walsh


Phone: 086 8834988

Days/Times: Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 10:00am – 11:45am

La Leche League P&T

Contact Person: Jane Farren


Phone: 021-4552357

Days/Times: 4th Friday of every month: 10:30am – 12:20pm

Newbury Playgroup

Contact Person: Deirdre Shanahan

Phone: 083 3335749

Days/Times: Weekly in blocks, not available on school holidays

POLO (Parents of Little Ones)

Contact Person: Méabh Kenny / Djamila Marouf


Phone: 087 2145227

Days/Times: Tuesday Term Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Sparks Toddler Group

Contact Person: Kathy Hohnbaum


Phone: 021-4877260

Days/Times: Friday Term Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Togher FRC P&T group

Contact Person: Stephanie Whiteford


Phone: 085 8612511

Days/Times: Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00 noon

Turners Cross Community P&T Group

Contact Person: Anne Buckley / Maeve Kennedy

Phone: 087 6654387

Days/Times: Friday 10:30am – 1:30pm

Wilton Toddler Group (SMA)

Contact Person: Eileen Long / Noreen Buckley

Phone: 087 9414170

Days/Times: Monday 10:00am – 12:00 noon

Nadi and Soul

Contact Person: Emma Kearney

Phone: 089 2098789

Days/Times: Tuesdays 09:30am – 10:30am

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