About the ParentChild+ Programme

The ParentChild+ Programme from the United States forms a key part of The Early Learning Initiative’s family support programmes.

About the ParentChild + Programme

The ParentChild+ from the United States forms a key part of The Early Learning Initiative’s family support programmes. ParentChild+ is a ‘learning through play experience’ for parents and their preschool children. It is designed to strengthen the natural bond between parent and child and to encourage a love of learning. It employs a non-directive approach and encourages the parent as the child’s first and best teacher. This programme prepares children for later success in school. ParentChild+ employs specially trained local women as Home Visitors, to model verbal interaction for the parent and child. The Home Visitor meets the family twice a week, in their own home, for two short (1/2 hour) visits, during the (primary) school year.

The role of the Home Visitor

The Home Visitor brings suitable books and toys to the home. Each week a new book or toy is introduced, and the Home Visitor models reading and play for the parent and child. The books and toys are then left as a gift to the family to continue the learning in their own time. On the second visit of the week, the same book or toy is used again to encourage and promote use of the materials. A weekly report is written by the Home Visitor to record the child’s development.

Home Visitors receive an initial 20 hours of training, and are considered trainees until they have completed two full years of home visiting and have attended the weekly supervision meetings during that time. As part of the ongoing education of Home Visitors, facilitated lectures/discussions on relevant topics are included in this meeting. Supervision also provides an opportunity to report back on how the visits are going and to receive feedback and support from the Coordinator and from each other.

If you are interested in finding out more information about ParentChild+ programme  in the Docklands, please contact one of the programme Coordinators,Jennifer O Neill on 01-4498679/0864666432 or email jennifer.oneill@ncirl.ie or Linda McGrath on 01 449 8608/0864666429 or email linda.mcgrath@ncirl.ie.

ParentChild+  National Programme

The Programme is in its eleventh year in the Dublin Docklands and East Inner City and has successfully supported the establishment of a number of other sites across Dublin and Ireland. 

These include:

o    a site in Dublin South City Partnership area since 2009, which is now a certified standalone ParentChild+ sites

o    a site in the Grangegorman area of Dublin 7 as part of the ABC programme, working with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Daughters of Charity

o    a site in Ballyfermot and St.Ultans Cherry Orchard Dublin as part of the ABC programme, working with Family Matters and Ballyfermot Tolka Partnership

o    a site in Clondalkin Dublin as part of the ABC programme, working with Blue Skies Initiative, Archways

o    a site in Ballinasloe working with the Galway Education Centre

o    a site in Limerick working with Garryowen Community Development Group


We have enquiries from many other places hoping to start a home visiting programme in their area and we are always available to discuss and advise interested partners. If you are interested in setting up a ParentChild+  site in your community, please contact ParentChild+ Senior Specialist Michelle Moore on 01 449 8604 or 0864666407 email  michelle.moore@ncirl.ie