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Parenting information

Rights and entitlements for parents during pregnancy

Maternity Leave

Citizens Information Centre – maternity leave information, including downloadable application forms

Information from the Department of Social and Family Affairs

Maternity Benefit
Locall: 1890 690 690

One-Parent Family Payment
Locall: 1890 500 000

Child Benefit
Locall: 1890 400 400

Working Family Payment
Locall: 1890 927 770

General parenting information and support

Treoir 01 670 0120.

For an Information pack for parents who are not married to each other click here

Parentline – confidential helpline offering support, guidance and information for parents and guardians. Phone: 1890 927 277/ 01 873 3500/ 01 878 7230

City and County Childcare Committees offer services to parents, such as providing information on local childcare facilities and information on parent networks

Information and support for younger parents

The Young Parent Survival Guide – helpful guide for parents-to-be and new parents, including tips on sharing your news, maternity services, parenting tips, benefits and entitlements, and continuing your education

Teen Parents Support Programme – emotional and practical support and information for young parents. Contact the National Coordinator on 01 670 0167 or tpsp@treoir.ie.

Lone parents

Information for parents who are not married to each other

Support for one-parent family members: One Family (incorporating Gingerbread Ireland)

Askonefamily – helpline for advice on social welfare entitlements and issues, family law issues, housing, health, education, employment, childcare, parenting, counselling services and community supports plus listening support for anyone experiencing difficulties in their family life: Lo-Call 1890 662 212

Parenting arrangements

Shared Parenting: ‘Taking the Stand – A guide for Unmarried Parents on Resolving Disputes Regarding Care of their Children’: www.treoir.ie


Overview of childcare options from the Citizens Information Centre

For information on finding affordable childcare in your area, contact your local City/ County Childcare Committee through your Local Area Partnership Office or The National Childcare Investment Programme: www.pobal.ie or tel: 01 867 5244