Early Years

COVID-19 information and supports


Government guide Parenting during COVID-19 


Let’s Play Ireland government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for children during the COVID-19 emergency – lots of great ideas for playing with your child.


Barnardo’s National Parent Support Line: 10am-12pm Monday-Friday: 1800 910 123 or email parentsupport@barnardos.ie – offering support for parents in response to the challenges they are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic.


One Family helpline: Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2-3.30pm for information on social welfare, finance, family law, housing, education, childcare, parenting, and mediation – and a listening service for people who need support parenting alone, co-parenting or separating: 1890 662 212 (from landline) or 01 662 9212.


Children’s Rights Alliance Legal Information Helpline:  Monday10am-2pm, Wednesday 2-7pm. If you are concerned about your child’s rights or have a question and would like more information, call 01 902 0494 or email the team at help@childrensrights.ie.


Bray Area Partnership’s SPECS family support project is offering support over the phone and online for parents of young children up to school age, and brilliant COVID-19 parenting resources and ideas via their Facebook page.

Early Years Information

Information on early years services, pre-schools, childcare services, services that can offer you support, and useful resources.


Wicklow County Childcare Committee

Information on local early years services and supports for children with Special Educational Needs.


SPECS Bray Family Support Project

Free family support services such as Preparing for Life parent mentoring from pregnancy to starting school; Parents Plus parenting programmes for 1-6-year-olds; Strengthening Families courses to help parents and families build positive relationships.


Tusla Child and Family Agency

State agency responsible for improving well-being and outcomes for children. Information on family support services in your area. List of pre-school services by county here.


Access and Inclusion Model 

Information on Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) of supports to ensure children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. They have a Home Play and Learning resource page for parents.


HSE website: Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People

HSE website on new approach to disability services for children and young people: My Child Has or May Have a Disability; Children’s Disability Services; the PDS Programme, A-Z of Useful Links.


Department of Children & Youth Affairs

Information on range of services and supports for children and young people.


Department of Education and Skills

Information on education system and supports for children with Special Educational Needs.

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