Children and Family Services in Laois/Offaly

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: Laois (057) 862 1135 and Offaly (057) 934 1301.

Social Work
The Social Work team in the Local Health Office is responsible for providing support to children and families in this community. 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. Social Work and Child Protection Services can be contacted through your Health Centre or Tel: Laois/Offaly Social Work Team: 05793 70700

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 infoline 1850 24 1850 or visit -

Child and Family Centre, Portlaoise Tel: (057) 869 2567

Family Support/Le Cheile Tel: (057) 869 2564

Adoption Services Tel: 05793 70700

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.

Social Work Dept,Derry Suite,1st. floor,Castle Buildings,Tara street, Tullamore, Co Offaly 057-9370700

Pre-school Services Tel: 05793 70631


Childminder Advisory Officer Service

Fiona McHugh, Childminder Advisory Officer Laois/Offaly
Pre School Services, Unit 8A Burlington Business Park, Sragh rd, Tullamore, Co. Offaly 057 93 70630

Childminder Advisory Officer’s role:

  • To provide a free support system for Childminders caring for 3 of 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


Childminder Training Course Available

Are you a Childminder or thinking of becoming a Childminder in your own home?

 “Childminding in the Home” /QAP courses are available to Childminders and those thinking of setting up a childminding service in their own home, through their local Childminding Initiative.

This practical course covers the following topics;

  • Why choose Childminding?
  • Child Development-an overview
  • Hygiene, Health and Safety
  • Well-being of children
  • Play

On completion of this course, a certificate of attendance will be issued.

Details of upcoming courses

Offaly:              Wednesday 11th, 18th, 25th March and 1st April 7.30-9.30pm, Tullamore

Laois:               Saturday 23rd and 30th May 10am-4pm, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Please contact Fiona McHugh, Childminder Advisory Officer on 057 9370630 if you would like to book a place on this training course and/or would like more information.


Children First Tel: (057) 935 7842