Parents play an important role in their child’s education. There are many resources online to help parents support learning at home and at school.
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.
For information on the Leaving Certificate 2020 please click here.
Roadmap for Reopening of Schools
As Ireland's schools have reopened fully, special guidance for parents and children has been provided. The Department of Education and Skills provides updates through schools and on gov.ie/backtoschool.
The HPSC have published updated advice on when children from 3 months to 13 years can attend their school and ELC/SAC setting. A child with nasal cold symptoms (runny nose or sneezing) can continue to attend their ELC/SAC setting, provided:
The child is otherwise well and active,
The child has no new cough or temperature, and
There is no other person in the child’s household with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19.
Covid 19 World Service have created videos to support for parents of children returning to school. The videos are voiced by education professionals including teachers and SNAs working in Ireland and are available in 29 different languages.
Resources for parents of children in primary and secondary school
A number of resources are available to support learning at home.
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 here.
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.
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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.
Information and resources on supporting children under 6 with their feelings and encouraging learning and play at home are available from First5.gov.ie.
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.