0-6 years

Family Learning

Family Learning consists of special courses for Mums, Dads and carers to help you support your child’s learning. These can include:

  • Story sacks
  • Child Development and Play
  • The Power of Encouragement
  • Helping with Maths
  • Family Health

For information on family learning courses for parents of children of any age go to your local Adult Education Centre.

For details of upcoming courses go to the “Family” section.

AIM – Access & Inclusion Model

The Better Start 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 service providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience, ensuring that every eligible child can fully participate in the ECCE programme and reap the benefits of quality early years care and education.

AIM is a child-centered model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs of the child and the service provider. For many children, the universal supports offered under the model will be sufficient. For others, one particular discrete support may be required to enable participation in pre-school, such as access to a piece of specialised equipment. For a small number, a suite of different services and supports may be necessary. In other words, the model is designed to be responsive to the needs of each individual child in the context of their pre-school setting. It will offer tailored, practical supports based on need and will not require a formal diagnosis of disability.

For further details see www.aim.gov.ie

Momma & Baby Yoga

Kenmare FRC intend running this workshop in the near future. This is a 6 week programme which will be delivered on a Wednesday morning from 11.30am to 12pm at a cost of €40. For further details contact kenmarecommunitycare@gmail.com / 064 6642790 / 087 7086641.

Parents Plus Early Years Programme

Parents Plus is a programme that supports parents in bringing up happy and healthy children.  Practical & positive evidence based parenting programme to support and empower parents & develop the relationship between parents and children. It is an opportunity to meet other parents in a relaxed atmosphere. The course covers the following topics:

  • Being a Responsive Parent
  • Encouraging and Supporting Children
  • Promoting Children’s Language & Development
  • Helping Children Concentrate & Learn
  • Building Co-operation in Young Children
  • Managing Tantrums, Misbehaviour and Problems

The programme will be delivered as follows:

Listowel FRC deliver this workshop regularly. For further details contact Listowel FRC on 068 23584.

Parents Wibbly Wobble Wonders

Music & Movement for babies and young children, which encourages bonding and socialising for parents/guardians and their child. This programme is offered every Wednesday morning (during school term time) for 1.5 hours at Castlemaine FRC. For further details contact Castlemaine FRC on 066 9767833 / 086 0580019 / mainevalleyfrc@eircom.net

Community Parent Support Programme

This is a parent-to-parent home visiting programme offered to parents in Kerry. It is available to first and second time parents who feel it may be of benefit. The Community Parent will call to you to introduce the programme which includes information on healthcare, nutrition, and development.

Download information leaflet – here.

For more details please contact Public Health Nursing Department on 066 7199702 / 7195676

Incredible Years

The Incredible Years parenting programmes strengthen parents competencies (monitoring, positive discipline, confidence) and fosters parents’ involvement in their children’s school experiences in order to promote children’s academic, social and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems.

The following programmes are being delivered via Mercy Moyderwell Primary School and the Springboard project in Tralee:

  • Basic Parenting Programme
  • Small Group Dina Programme Teacher
  • Classroom Management Programme

The Incredible Years is being led by North, East & West Kerry Development and supported by the school, Springboard family support project and the School Completion Programme.  For further information please contact Deirdre Kearin, NEKD, 066 7180190.

Breastfeeding Support Group

A Breastfeeding Support Group facilitated by the Public Health Nurse will take place in the following venues:

Tralee: Tuesdays, 1.30am – 1pm, St. Brendan’s Pastoral Centre, 066 7195676
Killarney: Mondays, 11.30am – 1pm, Church of the Resurrection, Park Rd, Killarney, 064 6631408
Castleisland: Tuesdays, 11.30am – 1pm, Cahereen Heights Childcare Facility, 066 7141377
Listowel: Wednesdays, 11am – 12pm, Family Resource Centre (closed for August), 068 21222
Dingle: 2nd Wed every month, 10am – 1pm, Primary Care Centre, Green Street, 066 9150326
Castlegregory: Fridays, 10.30am – 12pm, Camp Childcare Community Centre, 066 7130333
Kenmare: Thursdays, 12.30am – 2pm, Kenmare Family Centre, 064 6642790
Caherciveen:  Tuesday, 11.30am – 1.30pm, SW Kerry FRC, 066 9481000

The group takes place in an informal friendly environment. We warmly welcome you and your baby/toddler as well as expectant mothers for tea/coffee and chat.

For further information please contact 066 7195676 weekdays 9.30am – 10.30am

La Leche League

La Leche League (LLL) is a voluntary organisation which provides information and support to women who want to breastfeed their babies. LLL leaders are volunteer mothers who have enjoyed nursing their own babies and who see the importance of helping other mothers develop a happy nursing relationship. Meetings are held monthly and LLL also provides telephone support. For further information please contact Mary E. Fitzgibbon on 086 2510357.

Dingle Le Leche, meet in Seal Santuary on the last Saturday every month & PCT Centre 2nd Thursday in month. For further details contact: Fiona Sheehy 087 9711342 / Amy Mitchell 066 9157852 / Sylvia Chesterman 087 6636635 / Orlaith Ruiseal 087 7581381

Language & Literacy

This is a 2 hour programme facilitated by qualified childcare staff. The aim of the programme is to promote children’s language and communication skills using language and literacy tools such as phonics, sand paper letters and early writing skills, all in a child centred environment. The workshop is offered in 6-8 week blocks during term time at a cost of €4 per session.  For further details contact Mainevally FRC on 066 9767833 /mainevalleyfrc@eircom.net