Children and Family Services in Dublin West

Child Health
Area Medical Teams visit schools in the area to give vaccinations like the MMR, Meningitis C, Rubella etc. They also work with Public Health Nurses to check on a child's development from birth onwards, through a series of standard regular checks. Area Medical Officers also play an important role in managing outbreaks of illness like measles or mumps in the area.
You can contact the Area Medical Officers at (01) 620 6330.

Social Work
The Social Work Team in the Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community. This involves Family Support Services, and care for older people. In cases where children are at risk of harm through abuse, Child Protection Social Workers have an important role in providing care, assessment and follow up to those children and their families,
through the Fostering and Child Protection Teams. Tel: (01) 620 6387

Children and Family Services
Child and Family Centre, 2 Village Weir, Lucan, Co. Dublin (01) 621 7252
Child and Family Centre, Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 (01) 626 5676/7511
Child and Family Centre, Kill, Co. Kildare (045) 877 731
Child and Family Centre, St. James's Hospital, St. James's Street, Dublin 8 (01) 454 3710/3890
Child and Family Centre, Whitethorn Clinic, Celbridge, Co. Kildare (01) 627 5298/5302
Child Guidance Service, 'The Manse', Woodstock Street, Athy, Co. Kildare (059) 863 2461
Daughters of Charity, Child and Family Service, Cherry Orchard Child and Family Centre, Cherry Orchard Ave, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 (01) 623 1313
Deansrath Family Resource Centre, Deansrath Health Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 (01) 457 4069
Department of Child Psychiatry, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24 (01) 414 4802

First Steps Day Nursery, Rowlagh Health Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 (01) 675 4900
Goldenbridge Day Nursery, Inchicore, Dublin 8 (01) 453 7025
Happy Days Nursery, Deansrath Health Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 (01) 457 4069
Seven Oaks Day Nursery, Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 (01) 623 8028
St. Vincent's Day Nursery, Drumfinn Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 (01) 626 8545

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases. Children and young people in Ireland are entitled to certain vaccinations and immunisation services free of charge. These vaccines are provided by your GP, in hospitals, at Health Centres, at home or at school.

For more information on immunisation talk to your GP, Public Health Nurse, call the HSE info line 1850 24 1850 or visit -

Fostering in Irelandmeans taking care of someone else's child in your own home. Children of all ages need foster care – from birth to late teens. Some children need short-term care; others may need long term care. Some children need to find a home that allows them to stay with their brother or sister. But whatever the circumstances, fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding experience. In an ideal situation, the child placed in foster care will return to his or her own family as soon as this is possible.

Fostering Dept.Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.01-6206387
Shared Rearing Service, (traveller Fostering Service), Inchicore Health Centre, 124 Emmett Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8 Tel 01 6206387 01 4534700


Childminder Advisory Officer Service

Childminder Advisory Officer’s role:

  • To provide a free support system for Childminders caring for 3 or fewer pre-school children.
  • To promote voluntary notification of Childminders
  • To provide advisory visits to Childminders homes.
  • To provide information and training for Childminders
  • To facilitate the establishment of local networks of such Childminders
  • To provide Childminder Vacancy list for parents

Click here for more information on the Childminder Advisory Service