NEPS Information for Parents

NEPS Parents InformationNEPS stands for the National Educational Psychological Service. NEPS psychologists specialise in working with the school community. We work with both primary and post-primary schools. We are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools.

We work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. We offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research.

There are a number of questions often asked about NEPS these include;

Who are we?

NEPS stands for the National Educational Psychological Service. It is a service funded by the Department of education and Science. NEPS psychologists specialise in working with the school community. We work with both primary and post-primary schools. We are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools

What do Psychologists do?

We work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. We offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research. Since work concerning individual children is of particular interest to parents, this is explained in more detail here.

What do you do if you think your child needs to be seen by a NEPS Psychologist?


- You need to begin by discussing your child's needs with the class teacher and/or school principal. Not every child needs to meet the psychologist in person. Each school makes referrals to their NEPS psychologist who helps the school to plan the work.
- If your school does not have a NEPS psychologist please talk to your principal about local arrangements.
- If your school arranges an assessment through NEPS there is no charge for this service.

Answers to other FAQs are available here:

An overview and the key elements of what we do in NEPS are outlined below.

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