Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Area Based Childhood Programme (ABC)

What the ABC Programme is about?


Through prevention and early intervention approaches, the Area Based Childhood Programme aims to work in partnership with families, practitioners, communities, and national stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for children and families living in areas where poverty is most deeply entrenched.

What does this mean?

Working with parents from the earliest possible time to make sure their children are happy, health and safe.

What do ABC programmes do?
  • Support families from before their children are born at important times in their lives as they grow up.  Helping children to be what they want to be now and in the future.
  • See parents as the first and most important carers and educators in their babies and children’s lives.
  • Most programmes are for babies and children from before they are born until they are six years of age but there are programmes for older children too.
  • Programmes work with important people in the baby and child’s life: parents, grandparents, carers, families, early childhood educators and teachers.
  • These programmes can help babies and children with language/ literacy/ numeracy development, social and emotional development, well-being/mental health and when moving from preschool to school. This is done through, using a variety of group work and individual programmes.
  • All the programmes are based on evidence (information) that shows they can help babies and children
  • Programmes are free to families as they are paid for by Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration (DCDEI)


  ABC Supporting Documents 

 ABC IMH Position Paper 2022

 Oral Language Services within the ABC Programme

 ABC Infant Mental Health Framework 2022


Regional Area & ABC Sites

Lead Agent

Parent Programmes

Link to ABC Websites

Dublin Mid Leinster


Ballyfermot - Family Matters

Ballyfermot / Chapelizod Partnership

  • Up to 2 programme
  • Circle of Security
  • Parent Child+ Home visiting
  • Oral Language (SLT Support)
  • Family Development Programme
  • YMH Supports/Advocacy
  • Mental Health Training
  • Parent Plus Programme
  • NVR Parenting Programme


Clondalkin - Blue Skies


  • Ante-Natal Programme
  • Up to 2 Programme
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Play & Talk Workshops
  • Parent Child & Home Visiting
  • The Towers Programme
  • Early Years Transition Programme (Ready, Steady, School)
  • Restorative Practice Programme


Childhood Development Initiative - (CDI) Tallaght

  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library;
  • Doodle Families;
  • Chit Chat Speech and Language Service;
  • Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding;
  • Parent Care Facilitators


Docklands & East inner City - Early Learning Initiative (ELI)


  • 0-2 Programme (Community Mothers)
  • 0-3 Parent Support Groups
  • ParentChild+ Home Visiting
  • Restorative Parenting
  • Early Numeracy programme
  • Zoom ahead with books
  • Doodle Den


Wicklow Bray - Supporting Parents & Early Childhood Services (SPECS)

Bray Area Partnership

  • Preparing for Life Programme
  • Parent Plus
  • Circle of security
  • PEEP Parent groups
  • Strengthening Families
  • Oral Language
  • Baby Massage



Dublin North East


Ballymun - Youngballymun

  • Newborn Behaviour Observation
  • Home Visiting Therapeutic Intervention
  • Baby Ballymun Workshops
  • Social & Emotional themed workshops
  • Oral language support


Louth - The Genesis Programme

Louth Leader Partnership

  • Incredible Years Parent and Baby Programme
  • Incredible Years Toddler Programme
  • Incredible Years School Readiness Programme
  • Incredible Years Parent Programme
  • Incredible Years School Aged Programme
  • Incredible Years Advanced Programme
  • Strengthening Families Parent Programme
  • Parents Forum
  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • ParentChild+ Home Visiting Programme
  • Circle of Security Parent Programme
  • KiVa Anti Bullying Programme for Parents
  • Flying Start Transitions Programme


Docklands & Dublin East inner City - Early Learning Initiative (ELI)


  • 0-2 Programme (Community Mothers)
  • 0-3 Parent Support Groups
  • ParentChild+ Home Visiting
  • Restorative Parenting
  • Early Numeracy programme
  • Zoom ahead with books
  • Doodle Den


Finglas - Better Finglas


  • Ante Natal Workshops
  • Pregnancy yoga
  • Preparing for life
  • Breastfeeding supports
  • Baby Massage
  • PEEPS Finglas Fathers & Toddlers Group
  • Enjoy your Baby
  • Post Natal Support Group
  • Weaning Workshops
  • Triple P Programme
  • Circle of Security Group
  • Mindfulness for Parents
  • Mindfulness for Children
  • Steps to School Transition
  • ECCEW Transitions Group


Grangegorman - Grangegorman ABC


  • Doodle Den (SCP)
  • ParentChild+
  • Incredible Years Parent and School
  • Referral Pathways
  • Play-Integrated Incredible Years
  • Family Support
  • Infant & Child Mental Health


Darndale - Preparing For Life (PFL)

North Side Partnership

  • Preparing for Life Home visiting
  • Ante-natal Education
  • Breastfeeding Support and Lactation Consultation
  • Baby Massage
  • Triple P Parenting Programme
  • Circle of Security
  • PEEPS Parent and Baby Groups





Cork - Let’s Grow Together

Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG

  • New-born Behavioural  Observation
  • Baby Massage
  • Let’s Talk with your Baby
  • Peep
  • Incredible Years Parenting Programme
  • Parent’s Forum
  • Interdisciplinary IMH Home visiting programme
  • Babbling Babies
  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
  • Communication Information Sessions
  • Storytime at the Library
  • Incredible Years Parenting Programme (for parents of 3–7-year-olds)






Limerick - Start Right

Paul Partnership

  • Weaning
  • Gentle Touch Reflexology
  • Baby Massage
  • Parent & Baby Yoga
  • First Aid
  • Oral Reading(9) ie: Family Reading/loving language
  • Incredible Years- Parent & Baby Programme
  • IY-Toddler Parent Programme
  • IY-Pre-school Parent Programme
  • IY-School Aged Parent Programme
  • IY-School Readiness Programme
  • IY-Autism Readiness Programme
  • IY Autism Spectrum & Language Delays Programme
  • IMH-Mellow Bumps
  • Circle of Security
  • Snuggles, Stories and Smiles
  • Early Years-Toddler Tantrums
  • Early Years- Home to Childcare
  • Baby & Toddler Groups
  • Home Visiting- Community Mothers
  • Home Visiting-Barnardos Homemaker
  • Home Visiting- Parent Child Plus
  • Creative Play Therapy Sessions


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