Pregnancy, having a baby and parenting can all bring you to the heights of joy and the depths of despair – all within the space of a few minutes! RollerCoaster.ie provides a wide range of information on pregnancy and parenting.

Solo.ie is an online resource for people parenting alone.

Affordable Childcare Scheme

Childminding Ireland

Tel: 0404 64007   Fax: 0404 64008 Maintains a register of childminders.

National Children’s Nursery Association

Tel: 01 460 1138   Fax: 01 4601185

Early Childhood Ireland
Tel:  01 4630010   Fax: 01 4630045

Preschool Officers

An information leaflet is available from the HSE, A Guide for Parents of Preschool Children. This can be obtained by phoning your local preschool officer. Can give information about childcare services locally. Contactable through local Health Service Area

Public Health Nurses

Will often be familiar with local services and childminders within the area. Contactable at your local health centre.
1850 632 632


01 614 6700


1850 372 372


1890 283 438

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Society of St Vincent de Paul[/tab3][tab4]Association of Collaborative Practitioners
provides further details on Collaborative Law, an alternative method of resolution in family disputes.

Family Mediation Service
Family mediation is a service to help separating couples. Dublin: 01 6344320 Cork 021 4252200 Galway 091 509730
Limerick 061 214310

Putting Children First
The European Network on Shared Parenthood brings together organisations and individuals from across Europe to share knowledge and information about best practice in support to separated families.

FLAC is an independent human rights organisation dedicated to the realisation of equal access to justice for all. They run legal advice centres, staffed by volunteer solicitors and barristers, across the country. Information/referral line -1890 350 250

PILA, Public Interest Law Alliance, is a project of FLAC. The Alliance comprises individuals and organisations, both national and international, which recognise the important, though not exclusive, role that law can play to benefit marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Legal Aid Board

Telephone: 1890 615 200 for details of your nearest law centre. There is a list of information publications available on family law issues, on the website.

Mediators’ Institute of Ireland

To find a private mediator

The Courts Service
The Courts Service manages the courts, support the judiciary and provide a high quality and professional service to all users of the courts.
The contact details for the District and Circuit courts are available on the website.
Dublin District Family Law Office
Dolphin House, East Essex Street, Dublin 2.  Telephone: 01 888 6349/6344/6347

askonefamily National Helpline 01 662 9212
Our non-judgemental and confidential service providing telephone support and information to all members of all one-parent families.

Barnardos National Children’s Resource Centre
Offers information to parents and professionals on all aspects of family life. There are branches in Dublin, Athlone, Cork and Limerick. For details of regional offices contact Barnardos’s Head Office Tel: 01 453 0355 Callsave 1850 222 300

European Alliance for Families:

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
Tel: 01 230 0061

Irish Council for Psychotherapy
Tel: 01 272 2105

Counselling Northern Ireland

Support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent .Telephone helpline: 1890 927 277

Support groups for children who have experienced separation and bereavement

Treoir is the National Federation for Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children. They have a number of useful information leaflets on family law issues such as Guardianship, Telephone: 1890 252 084

AWARE – depression support


Rape Crisis Centre – 24 hour helpline 1800 778 888 Rape Crisis Network Ireland – for details of national rape crisis centres

Samaritans – 24 hour helpline 1850 60 90 90

Women’s Aid –services and supports for women and children experiencing domestic violence Tel: 1800 341 900

AMEN – helpline for men and children experiencing domestic violence Tel: 046 902 371

Citizens Information Phone Service – 0761 07 4000 from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Provides a comprehensive, confidential telephone information service.

Health Services Executive Information line – 1850 241 850

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