A Parent and Toddler Group is an informal group within the local community, which provides an opportunity for young children and their parents/carers to meet.
All groups offer opportunities for friendship, learning and play.
A voluntary committee of parents/carers is formed, and officers (members with responsibilities) are elected/appointed. The committee (with the support of all the other parents attending the group), oversee the smooth running of the group.
Parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, childminders and nannies are welcome to attend the group.
The groups usually meet one morning a week for approximately 2 hours. If there is a good up-take and the demand is there, this could be extended to two mornings a week.
A small fee is charged to cover rent, snacks, insurance, toys etc.
Some groups have children as their primary focus and provide activities such as painting, play dough, sand and water play, music, books, games, singing, storytelling, jigsaws etc. These activities promote learning through play.
Other groups focus on the parents, and provide adult activities and speaker. Many groups aim to strike a balance between the children’s needs and the adults’ needs.
The group also provides parents with a safe and supportive place to address the challenges and joys of being a parent. For first time parents this support is invaluable. It also challenges isolation, especially for parents on their own, or living in rural areas, who can develop deep and lasting friendships from the group.
All groups strive to provide a secure, friendly, supportive and safe environment for babies, toddlers and young children’s needs and the adults’ needs.
In a Parent and Toddler Group parents/carers stay with their children, and are responsible for them at all times.
A number of parents will arrive before opening time, to prepare the room and to set up the Play Activities.
Venues for Parent and Toddler Groups are diverse and include church halls, community centres, schools, health centres, sports centres, hotels and purpose built premises.
Fingal County Childcare Committee (FCCC) support Parent and Toddler Groups by providing a small grant on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affair. Our Development officers are available to support P&T Groups with the grant applications please contact the FCCC offices to speak to the Development officer in your area on (01) 4851727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Without parents and carers these groups could not exist. Each parent/carer is responsible for their child throughout each session. They should ensure their child’s safety and encourage interactions for the child to develop socially. Parents also socialise and share experiences with each other during the sessions.
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