Parenting and Children Programmes

supporting the

upbringing of children

Parenting and Family Programmes

Who Are Our Programmes and Support for?

Everyone who a key role in supporting the upbringing of children, e.g. parents, grandparents, significant relations, foster parents, adoptive parents, non-residential parents…………

How Often are Programmes Available?

  • One-to-one Parenting Supports are available continuously. Appointments are necessary
  • Group Parenting Programmes are available on a rolling basis. Once a minimum of 8 names for the same programme is received that programme will begin
  • A Meitheal can also be requested by a parent and/or child. Further information under Meitheal.

What is the Cost?

One-to-one supports: Free

Parenting Programmes:  Approx. €3.00 per session

(This allows us to provide materials & refreshments)

We aim to provide all parenting supports for a minimum fee, however, from time to time, depending on the programme, there may be an additional cost but this will be discussed beforehand if a charge is necessary.

 Donations are always welcomed and very helpful as it allows us to further support parents & caregivers.

Forms of Support


These evidence based programmes, (designed and developed by Dr. John Sharry et al.) are designed to support and empower parents and care-givers in managing and resolving discipline issues, creating enjoyable and satisfying family relationships and assisting and supporting children in reaching their full potential. There are 4 programmes under the Parents Plus Programme.

  • Parents Plus: Early Years Programme (1-6 years)
  • Parents Plus: Children’s Programme (6-11 years)
  • Parents Plus: Adolescence Programme
  • Parents Plus: Parenting When Separated

Frequency: Through the year. As soon as 8 parents/care-givers sign up.

Baby and Us Programme

Listowel FRC is supported by the HSE Primary Care Team through the Public Health Nurses. Mums, Dads, Grandparents & Caregivers with new-born babies are encouraged to attend. Various workshops are given on a range of topics to enhance the positive infant mental health of baby and bonding relationships e.g. Introduction to: Nutrition, Paediatric First Aid, baby physiotherapy, play therapy, speech & language, baby massage.

Frequency: Yearly starting in October

Baby and Us Support Groups

This group is formed as a natural follow up from the Baby and Us programme. It is a great setting for parents to meet other parents and to share information and ideas on parenting and to socialise in comfortable and modern facilities. During this time different classes/courses are arranged depending on the needs and requirements of the group for example – Baby Massage, Paediatric First Aid, Speech & Language etc. All are full length courses and certified where applicable.

This follows completion of Baby and Us Programme.

Rainbows Programme

Listowel Family Resource Centre is a registered Rainbows Ireland site. This is an international 9 week structured programme that offers peer and adult support and a listening service for children (1st-6th class) who have experienced loss through death, divorce or separation. It is not a therapeutic, counselling service. All of our facilitators are trained and certified by Rainbows Ireland.

Frequency: Twice a year

Empowering Parents Programme

Listowel Family Resource Centre work in partnership with DESSA (Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency) to provide the DESSA Empowering Parents Programme.

This programme supports parents in gaining knowledge and skills which helps to effectively advocate on behalf of their children, develop new ways of thinking about their child’s disability, before informed of their child’s rights and how to achieve them.

It also explains who could help parents get what they need from the public services and their local community and through the process helps parents build their confidence.

Frequency: Once a year.

Strengthening Families Programme (12-16years)

Listowel Family Resource Centre is the lead agency for this programme, in partnership with LINK School Completion Programme, KDYS, Garda Youth Diversion Programme, Juvenile Liaison Officer Garda and Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol task Force.

This evidence based 14 week skills based programme focuses on helping families deal with issues that arise such as poor communication between parents and teenagers, anti-social behaviour, how to deal with school, bullying, sibling relationships, how to implement early intervention with possible addictions and much more. This programme is about re-building healthy and safe family life.

Both the parent/care-giver and teenager attends the programme. Evening dinner and childcare is provided.

Frequency:  Every 2 years

Examples of other support we offer


At Listowel FRC’s Annual Family Fun Day we had various events and activities for families to take part in, e.g. activity games, art work, face painting, live music and much, much more. ALL are welcome so come along and help us celebrate FAMILY and all its diversity.

Frequency:Every July on a Saturday afternoon

Incredible Years

14 week programme The Incredible Years is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers. The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behaviour problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.

Frequency:– Yearly

All of our Parenting Programmes can also be given on a one-to-one basis if needs require.


The North Kerry Child and Family Support Network oversees the Meitheal process in collaboration with the Prevention, Partnership & Family Support section of the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) for all of North Kerry.

CLICK HERE for more information on Meitheal

Children Centre

Provision of Crèche, Junior Pre-School, Pre-School, After Schools, Out-of-School Programmes. The Children’s Centre not only provide childcare; it provides a safe space with professional childcare workers, who in addition have family support experience, to support your child’s emotional, intellectual, physical, linguistic and social development. We pride ourselves in our partnership approach with parents and care-givers. More information under ‘Children’s Centre’ on this website.