Updates on COVID-19 from the Department of Education and Skills
See the latest information for schools, preschools and third level institutions from the Department of Education and Skills at education.ie/covid19.
Resources for parents of young children
Information and resources on supporting children under 6 with their feelings and encouraging learning and play at home are available from First5.gov.ie.
The Preschool at Home Hub
includes a range of activities which have been adapted for children to do a home, at a time that suits them and their family.
Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE)
programme is a universal two-year preschool programme available to all children within the eligible age range. The programme is provided for three hours per day, five days per week over 38 weeks per year (from September to June).
Access and Inclusion Model (AIM)
AIM is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the ECCE programme. AIM is a child-centred model, providing levels of progressive support based on the needs of the child and the preschool setting. Learn more at aim.gov.ie.
Resources for parents of children in primary and secondary school
A number of resources are available to support learning at home.
TESS (Tusla Education Support Service)
Tusla Education Support Service (TESS) works with schools and families to achieve the best educational outcomes for children. You can learn more at Tusla.
RTÉ Home School Hub
RTÉ's home school hub
is for children in primary school. On RTÉ2, RTÉ Player, and rte.ie/learn,
children can watch, download and engage with curriculum-based content, project work, and fun activities that will keep them entertained and learning.
Maths skills for young children
Trinity College has a number of helpful short videos for parents to help young children with numeracy. They can be found here at Numeracy In The Now
Literacy skills for young children
Parents help their children learn in lots of different ways. Trinity College, Marino Institute of Education and Limerick & Clare ETB have developed a series of short videos to help parents who are home schooling young children. The videos
, which include “Literacy in the Kitchen” and “Literacy on the Couch”, show how learning can be part of everyday life in a stress-free way.
Scoilnet is the Department of Education and Skills' online portal for Irish education. Learn more at scoilnet.ie.
Cúla4 ar Scoil is an entertaining school program covering elements of the primary school curriculum with different themes each week. Monday to Friday at 10am or watch online at TG4 Cula 4.
Resources for parents of primary school children
As a parent, you play a key role in your child's education. The NCCA has developed a number of resources
to help you to support your child's learning in primary school.
Information on the Junior Cycle
The new junior cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills, and new approaches to assessment and reporting. Learn more at ncca.ie/en/junior-cycle.
Information on the Senior Cycle
Developments are also underway in the senior cycle, the period of education that follows the junior cycle and is generally taken by students between the ages of 15 and 18. Learn more at ncca.ie/en/senior-cycle.
The NCCA is changing the way curricula are presented to children and young people. Learn more at curriculumonline.ie.
National Council for Special Education
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has developed online resources for children and young people with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the school closures. The resources are designed to assist parents, teachers and students in special schools, special class placements and mainstream classes.
Resources for parents of children with intellectual disabilities
St. Michael's House teams have put together resources to support families and their children at home during this time. You will find links to a wide range of resources including early years, school age and communication resources. Learn more at St. Michael's House
Educational entertainment for children
There are a number of resources to educate your child in an entertaining manner.
Garda Children's Corner
An Garda Síochána's Children's Corner is for younger members of the public who like to colour-in, have some fun and find out more about An Garda Síochána along the way.
The website also features information about how children can stay safe online and what to do if they are being cyber-bullied.
Dublin Zoo have developed a range of fun activities for you and your families, including virtual tours, activity books and live streams. Learn more at #dublinzoofun activity series.
Irish Museums online resources
Access the Irish Museums Portal
to all online content from Irish museums including virtual tours, audio tours and learning resources.
Access a host of online resources from CyberSafeIreland
to use with your children while they are out of school.
European Union – Learning Corner
Primary and secondary school pupils can find games, competitions and activity books to help discover the EU in a fun way. Learn more at europa.eu/learning-corner.
The Heritage Council
The Heritage Council
has launched five new online tutorials for primary school children. These include classes in wildlife drawing; what to notice in your local park and localities; learning to sing a newly composed Irish song and how to find out about stories from your grandparents using UCD’s Schools’ Folklore Collection.
Online library services
You can join the library online and get eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers for free straight away, or take language and other courses.
Libraries Ireland has also launched a new online learning resource for primary school children, the Wildlife of Ireland Map.
Children can learn how to spot wildlife in their area and can take a virtual walk across Ireland.