Information on issues relevant to parents and guardians is shown in the table below.

We also provide details on services for parents and guardians on our Services page.

 Education System

Overview of the Irish Education System


A Guide for Parents to the Irish Education System

Your Europe

 Free Pre-School Places

Free places for children for the year prior to starting primary school

 Find a School

Listing of all schools by location and school type along with the Inspection reports for each school


Information on school enrolment policy

School Holidays

Christmas, Easter and mid-term break dates

 Costs to Parents

Uniforms and other costs

Clothing and Footware Scheme

Help to meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for children going to school

National Emergencies / Public Health

Alerts and updates on health, vaccination and severe weather issues

Boards of Management

Information for parents and Boards of Management

Student and Parent Charter

Legislation requiring schools to consult with parents and students, and publish and operate a Student and Parent Charter

Parents Councils and Associations

Information for parents of primary and post primary students


Information on evaluation of schools


Curriculum and subjects information from early years to leaving certificate

Literacy and Numeracy

National Strategy to improve literacy and numeracy skills

Child Protection

Information for parents with concerns


Information for parents and students

Complaints about schools

Information for parents on complaints procedures

Educational Psychological Services

NEPS supports for children

Irish Exemption

Information on how to apply for an exemption from studying Irish

Special Educational Needs

Supports available to children

Weight of Schoolbags

Information on how schools deal with the issue

Help my Kid Learn

How to support your child's learning

Patronage and Pluralism

Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector