Minister O’Gorman approves funding to support 370 Parent and Toddler Groups across the country including 20 groups in County Galway under the Parent and Toddler Grant Initiative 2023.

Funding of €250,000 to fund these groups in 2023 and following huge interest from Parent and Toddler groups nationwide, the Minister increased the funding by an additional €100,000 in response to the demand.

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City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) work directly with Parent and Toddler Groups in the administration of the grants.

This year, the emphasis was on supporting Parent and Toddler Groups that offer a welcome to families who are newly arrived in Ireland and particularly to families from Ukraine.

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The Parent and Toddler Group Grant Initiative 2023 offered three streams of funding:

  • Funding of €800 for existing groups and €1,100 for the establishment of new groups.
  • 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. The grant was open to
    any existing or new groups who wished to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their
    community.
  • Funding of up to €300 for new or existing groups to provide a second session to meet demand.
    The below table gives a breakdown of Parent and Toddler Group Grant Funding approved and
    allocated in 2023 by local authority area.

Breakdown of Parent and Toddler Group Grant Funding approved and allocated in 2023 by local authority area

Total € Amount Paid

Carlow 5 €4,300
Cavan 11 €11,100
Clare 12 €10,800
Cork City 8 €6,710
Cork County 31 €25,958
Donegal 33 €34,200
Dublin City 18 €15,735
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown 8 €6,300
Fingal 9 €8,080
Galway 20 €20,087
Kerry 17 €16,450
Kildare 14 €11,672
Kilkenny 5 €4,300
Laois 3 €2,500
Leitrim 12 €11,200
Limerick County 27 €30,900
Longford 1 €1,100
Louth 11 €9,695
Mayo 16 €15,332

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