What We Do

The Irish name Cuidiú means care and support and that’s exactly what the Dublin South East Branch of Cuidiú aims to do for all parents with bumps or babes, tots or teens. We are a community of parents volunteering to provide support for each other. Through the Branch’s activities we hope to provide both information and a supportive background to empower parents to act upon their decisions. These activities include Antenatal education, Breastfeeding Support, Parent Support, Baby and Toddler Playgroups, and more.

For ongoing activities related to the support services below, you can visit our Events & News section.


Antenatal Education

The Cuidiú Antenatal & Early Parenting Course includes independent, evidence-based information for your birthing journey.

Contact Anne Marie at About Birth and Babies 086 3412571

Anne Marie is also a qualified Instructor in Infant Massage, accredited to International Association of Infant Massage(IAIM) through Baby Massage Ireland. Low rate of €90 for Cuidiu members refundable on most private health insurance schemes.


Breastfeeding support

In addition to having breastfeeding counselors available, we also have regular breastfeeding support mornings.

Our breastfeeding counsellors are there to give information and encouragement and can be contacted at any time:

  • Ruth Carey 01 2853178
  • Zita Hamilton 087 979 3671
  • Grainne Gallwey 087 759 6718
  • Stella Folan 086 381 5497
  • Clare Dillon 086 858 5899
  • Roisin O’Coineen 087 666 8069
  • Sandy Connolly 086 043 8642

Hospital standard Breast Pump available to hire. Please contact Cita Crefeld for details. Tel. 086 8565787

Read more about our breastfeeding support network.


Parent to Parent Support

Our parent 2 parent support and PND coffee mornings meet monthly. You can view our current events sheet on our homepage to get further details on dates and times.

Parent 2 parent supporters are mothers that have been trained with communication, facilitation and counselling skills; (but are not actual counsellors); they can provide a listening ear and support for anyone who would like to talk in confidence about the ups and downs of parenting. Email cuidiudseparenthood@gmail.com for more details or text

Iva Bedzula Prebeg 083 457 6737
Anna Fitzgerald 085 719 6235
Catherine Griffin 087 121 3429
Sandy Connolly 086 043 8642
Margarita Grillis 086 225 3958

to talk in confidence. Email cuidiudseparenthood@gmail.com for more details


Bump, Baby & Toddler Groups

Thursday Morning Support Meetings

Bumps & Babes and Breastfeeding Support Mornings are 10am-12pm on alternate Thursdays.
Breastfeeding Support – Breastfeeding Counsellors (BFCs) will join for chat, support and info.
Bumps & Babes – all bumps and babes welcome for tea and chats.

See our monthly Event Sheet for details. Please contact the host to get details for the meeting, or join our Facebook Group ‘Cuidiú Dublin South East branch’ for details & updates.

Baby and Toddler Groups

Toys & playmats for the smallies, tea & chats for the parents/ minders!
Our baby and toddler playgroups start in September and run during term time only.

Wednesdays 10.00 – 12.00: St. Paul’s Church Hall, Adelaide Rd, Glenageary
Coordinator : Rachel, 085 766 1293
Cost : €3 for Cuidiú members/ €6 for non-members
(Tea & Coffee currently unavailable in Glenageary, feel free to bring your own.)

Fridays 10 -12: Foxrock Parish Centre, Foxrock Church
Coordinator : Ailbhe, 087 957 6352
Cost : €4 for Cuidiú members/ €7 for non-members
Tea & Coffee included.

Please don’t ever worry if you arrive without cash.
Cuidiú DSE Welcomes Ukrainian families to our playgroups free of charge

Everyone with a child in their care of preschool age is welcome to have a coffee and a chat while the children have a play. It is a great way to get some much needed adult conversation. The hall is a great size enabling many different corners of play such as; books, arts and crafts, and a baby-toys corner.  While the middle of the room includes all the favourites such as trains, building blocks, a slide and a kitchen to name just a few. The morning is always finished off with parachute play and a sing-a-long. Changing facilities are provided. As this is a voluntary group please don’t forget to help with set-up and tidy-up.


Cuidiú a Dó

Cuidiú a Dó events mainly occur during school-holiday time when our usual weekly events aren’t always running, due to family commitments of our many volunteers. Cuidiú a Dó welcomes the whole family and most events are outdoors and free of charge. Previous events include Teddy-bear picnics, seaside play, DART trips, playground meetups and nature walks/games with OWLS. We usually meet in the morning and events last approximately 2 hours. Details are found on our event sheet and also our Facebook page (which is worth checking if weather causes us to change our plans!)


Bush Kinder

This is an outdoor group for toddlers and their family members to meet and play in the natural outdoor spaces within the surrounds of Dublin South East, Ireland. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a forest or natural environment. The children and adults benefit from using only what nature has provided.

To mix things up a little events can also take place occasionally in playgrounds (particularly as a meeting spot).

Many events are buggy friendly to cater for those with very young children and for those with a bump.Members are encouraged to organize catch ups within the group if the events don’t suit their availability.

All ages including babies are welcome to join our walks.


A Variety of Activities for the Parenting Community

Cuidiu DSE organises a busy schedule of coffee mornings, playgroups, book club meetings, outdoor activities, first aid courses, holiday events, evening meetups – something for everyone, regardless of the age of your child or the stage you may be in. See our Events & News section, including the latest event sheet for more information.