Information for Parents

A wide range of information and supports are available for parents in Co. Donegal.

Find Childcare in your Area?

Browse our directory of approved providers in Co. Donegal

Types of Childcare

There are a number of options when it comes to childcare. Services can either be Community or Privately run, Centre-based in a childcare facility, or Home-based in your or the Carers home. Find out what types of services are on offer in your area to help you choose childcare which best suits you and your child’s needs.



We work to sustain early childhood care and education services through the local implementation of childcare funding programmes in Co. Donegal, on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). Childcare funding initiatives assist parents to access affordable quality early childhood care and education.


Recognising Quality

Good quality childcare provides a safe, healthy environment and supports the physical, emotional, social, moral and intellectual development of children. When visiting different facilities, do not be afraid to ask questions. A good facility will be only too happy to share all their information.


Children with Additional Needs

The 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.


Parent & Toddler

The Parent and Toddler Group Initiative provides small grants to for the purchase of equipment and resources, training and other operational and start-up costs. The initiative recognises that Parent and Toddler Groups are providing informal support to parents, grandparents and childminders as well as to young children.


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