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€250,000 Grants for Parent & Toddler Groups

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€250,000 Grants for Parent & Toddler Groups


Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’ Gorman TD, today announced that €250,000 will be available in grants for Parent and Toddler Groups, as part of the Summer of Play initiative.

The grants will be allocated to Parent and Toddler groups nationwide through local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this scheme through their local CCC. This funding will be available to all Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised on a not-for-profit basis and who actively involve the participation of parents in the local community.

Commenting on the launch of the Parent and Toddler Grant for 2021, Minister O’Gorman said:

“The last year and a half has been challenging for all of us, but particularly for children and their parents. That’s why my Department launched the Summer of Play Initiative, to provide supports for children and families to get outside and play safely this summer.

I hope this grant will encourage the development of new Parent and Toddler groups, and will help existing groups to start up again. Parent and Toddler Groups provide much needed opportunity for children and parents to socialise, and I am delighted to be able to support them.”


Grants will range from €100 to €1250. Existing Parent and Toddler Groups can apply for a maximum of €800 while new start up groups may apply for maximum grant of up to €1250. The funding can be used for expenses including play equipment, activities for the children and training for parents.

Parents or non-for-profit community groups who wish to apply for funding for a new or existing Parent and Toddler group should contact their local CCC for details on the programme and the application process. Contact details and links to websites of all local City/County Childcare Committees can be found on myccc.ie.

While the grants are intended to support Parent and Toddler groups to safely meet again, all groups should be aware of and follow current Government guidelines on Covid-19.



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Education biggest issue facing callers to Helpline

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEducation biggest issue facing callers to Helpline


Turbulent year for children sees Education overtake Family Law as biggest issue facing callers to Children’s Rights Alliance Helpline

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted serious concerns about the efficacy of both the family law and education systems in responding to the rights and needs of children and young people. That’s according to the ... click to read full post & comments


€63.5 million for School Broadband and Digital Infrastructure

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/07/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers €63.5 million for School Broadband and Digital Infrastructure


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, welcomed the announcement made by Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, confirming inclusion of the Department of Education’s proposal for funding under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).

The funding sanctioned the under EU/NRRP facility for the two projects in the ... click to read full post & comments


Cost of child in secondary school now averaging €1,500

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsCost of child in secondary school now averaging €1,500



Annual ILCU back to school survey shows cost of sending child to secondary school are steadily increasing each year with this years cost now averaging €1,500. At primary school level, spending has increased by ... click to read full post & comments


Online event for parents addresses children’s mental health

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/07/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsOnline event for parents addresses children’s mental health


A recent survey has shown that almost 20% of parents of mostly primary school age have sought some form of mental health support for their child during the Covd-19 pandemic. It also showed that 55% of parents have concerns about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their child’s mental health.

The survey, which was carried out by ... click to read full post & comments


2 year Research Project to suport small rural schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 05/07/2021.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers2 year Research Project to suport small rural schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has launched a two-year action research project aimed at supporting small rural schools.

The innovative project aims to encourage small schools to cluster together in local groups, enabling them to collaborate and identify common ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert 2022 students to receive more choice and exam time

Posted by School Newshound, on 02/07/2021.
Tags: ParentingLeaving Cert 2022 students to receive more choice and exam time


The Department of Education today hosted their online the seventh meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2021 on 30th June.

The group includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and ... click to read full post & comments


School Transport Refunds to be issued from today

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/06/2021.
Tags: ParentingSchool Transport Refunds to be issued from today


Families who paid a fee for school transport in 2020/21 will receive a refund for the unused portion following the public health measure of closing schools to prevent the spread of Covid19. Bus Éireann operates the ... click to read full post & comments(3)


Students’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsStudents’ Unions Concerns for Leaving Cert Results Date


In a letter issued to Ministers Norma Foley and Simon Harris, the Irish Second-level Students’ Union has called for a set of measures to be taken following the announcement of the Leaving Certificate results date. The measures the organisation is advocating for center around accommodation for students in Irish third-level institutions along with a fair transition for those who plan on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 09/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsMinister Foley's best wishes to Leaving Certificate 2021


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has sent her best wishes to students who are sitting the 2021 Leaving Certificate Examinations beginning today Wednesday 9 June.

Minister Foley said: “I would like to wish all students starting ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools Asked to Apply for New Arts in Education Initiative


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited primary and post-primary schools to apply for a new arts in education initiative, BLAST 2021. BLAST – Bringing Live Arts to Students and Teachers – is a new initiative which will enable up to 400 new arts in education residencies in schools each year.

The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Leaving Cert Results Date Announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 02/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Results Date Announced


The Department of Education have announced that this year's Leaving Certificate Results will be issued on Friday 3rd September.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced that Leaving Certificate results for 2021 are expected to issue directly to candidates through ... click to read full post & comments(1)


€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play

Posted by Schooldays Nwshound, on 01/06/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€6m Funding for Summer of Play initiative for outdoor play


Minister O’Gorman announces roll out of Summer of Play initiative with €6m in funding for outdoor play.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today announced the Summer of Play initiative to support and ... click to read full post & comments


Special Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpecial Class List for 2021/2022 School Year Published


Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD has welcomed the publication by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) of the list of special classes for the coming school year (2021/22). The list shows that 2,118 special classes will be established in mainstream primary and post-primary schools across the country from September, providing ... click to read full post & comments


Language Sampler Module Announced for Primary

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 31/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsLanguage Sampler Module Announced for Primary


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited expressions of interest from English-medium and Irish-medium primary and special schools to participate in a new language sampler module.

The proposed language sampler allows schools identify a modern foreign language of their choice, or Irish Sign Language (ISL).   ... click to read full post & comments


Registration opens for Online TAP CPD Courses

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsRegistration opens for  Online TAP CPD Courses


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced the opening of registration for the 2021 Online Teacher Artist Partnership continuous professional development (CPD) Summer Course and Residency Programme (TAP) for primary school teachers under the Creative Youth programme.

The 2021 Online Teacher Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course and Residency programme  ... click to read full post & comments


Winners Announced in COVID Languages Competition

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsWinners Announced in COVID Languages Competition


Hundreds of Transition Year students across the country embraced the opportunity to ‘Express yourself in COVID times’ through a foreign language as part of a new competition launched by DCU’s School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies.

Supported by Languages Connect, DCU organised the event to provide students with  ... click to read full post & comments


Thousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsThousands of students celebrate Walk to School Week


Ireland’s annual celebration of walking to school runs from May 24-28.

Schools across Ireland will take part in National Walk to School Week 2021, the annual celebration of walking to school, which takes place from May 24 to 28 in primary and secondary schools. Walk to School Week is an initiative of the Green-Schools Programme.  ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 19/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsDublin Pupils' Virtual Walk to Raise Funds for School


Junior and senior infants at a new Dublin gaelscoil are doing a virtual 2,500km walk of the Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for their school.

Pupils at Gaelscoil Áine on Mobhi Road, Drumcondra, will walk, run, scoot and cycle the length of the popular tourism trail by the end of May in their own neighbourhoods.  ... click to read full post & comments


Sixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions.

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 18/05/2021.
Tags: ParentingSixth Year Students Asked to Take Extra Precautions.



As sixth-year students reach the milestone end of their secondary years in school, parents and students are being asked to take extra ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 12/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsTeachers Impact on Preventing Anti-Social Behaviour


The relationship between young people and their teachers is far more impactful than the neighbourhood they grow up in, a report by the ESRI finds. ... click to read full post & comments


Expanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExpanded Summer Provisions for Pupils with Educational Needs


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD today (Tuesday, 11 May) announced the provision of expanded summer education programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, as a Covid-19 pandemic response measure, for summer 2021.   ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Blue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary

Posted by Schooldays, Newshound, on 07/05/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsBlue Star Programme Celebrates 10 year Anniversary


The Blue Star Programme today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with schools across Ireland, Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD. Today’s celebrations also saw schools in counties Clare, Westmeath and Dublin receive awards for 10 years of participation in the programme. The programme, implemented by European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland),  ... click to read full post & comments


Gaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/05/2021.
Tags: ParentingGaeltacht summer courses cancelled for second year


The Minister of State, with responsibility for the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, has said on RTE News that Irish language courses in the Gaeltacht have been cancelled for ... click to read full post & comments


New RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNew RSE Programme for Schools Causing Waves


A new Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme called Flourish released by the Department of Education is hitting headlines over the last few days. Flourish is a programme set out to be used in all Catholic Primary schools in Ireland, which accounts for approximately 90% of schools. While opting out of Religion classes is an option that is taken by some, the question heavily debated is, should religion be featuring so heavily in children's Relationship and Sexuality Education? ... click to read full post & comments


€100k Fund for Grants for Music Education

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics€100k Fund for Grants for Music Education


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today invited applications for grants under the €100,000 Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme 2021.

Minister Foley said: “The last year has been an extremely challenging time for our children and young people. During the periods of remote learning, they were unable to engage in many in-person group activities such as music classes in the community.  ... click to read full post & comments


Education Bill 2021 for Leaving Cert Published

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEducation Bill 2021 for Leaving Cert Published


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today (Friday 23 April) published the Education (Leaving Certificate) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021.

The Bill provides for a system of Accredited Grades in respect of Leaving Certificate 2021 by conferring powers on the State Examinations Commission to run such a system. ... click to read full post & comments


Schools Commit to Promoting Positive Mental Health

Posted by Schooldays newshound, on 21/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSchools Commit to Promoting Positive Mental Health


Schools showcase commitment to promoting positive mental health. Despite extraordinary challenges faced by schools over the past 12 months, students and teachers across the country have showcased their commitment and determination to promoting positive mental health, with over 50 applications across the country entering their mental health and wellbeing initiatives into the Walk in My Shoes’ annual Mission Possible School Achievement Awards. ... click to read full post & comments


Establishment of New Special School in Cork

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 19/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsEstablishment of New Special School in Cork


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD have today (16 April, 2021) announced a significant expansion of special school provision in Cork through the establishment of a new special school and increased capacity in an existing special school to meet the needs of children in the Cork area. ... click to read full post & comments


National Action Plan for Childminding Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 16/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsNational Action Plan for Childminding Launched


The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Mr Roderic O’Gorman T.D., has today launched the National Action Plan for Childminding. ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley launches 2021 Active School Week

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersMinister Foley launches 2021 Active School Week


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today launched details of this year’s Active School Week.

National Active School Week (#ASW21), part of the Government’s Keep Well campaign, ... click to read full post & comments


Diversity Inclusion & Belonging for Little Minds

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/04/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersDiversity Inclusion & Belonging for Little Minds


All‌ ‌the‌ ‌Rainbows‌ ‌Colours‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌fourth‌ ‌book‌ ‌written‌ ‌by‌ ‌Irish‌ ‌mum‌ ‌of‌ ‌two,‌ ‌Emma‌ ‌Ledden.‌ ‌Having‌ ‌written‌ ‌two‌ ‌books‌ ‌for‌ ‌adults,‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌Emma’s‌ ‌second‌ ‌children's‌ ‌book.‌ ... click to read full post & comments


Teacher Unions to ballot for industrial action on vaccines

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/04/2021.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTeacher Unions to ballot for industrial action on vaccines


All three Teacher Unions, (INTO, ASTI and TUI) have today agreed to ballot for industrial action, including strike action, if the government does not meet their demands to reverse the recent changes to the priority listing for teachers within ... click to read full post & comments


Upskilling programmes for post-primary teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/04/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsUpskilling programmes for post-primary teachers


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD are delighted to announce additional places in 2022 on programmes to upskill registered post-primary teachers ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Sport Ireland Keep Well Campaign

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 06/04/2021.
Tags: ParentingSport Ireland Keep Well Campaign


As part of the Keep Well campaign Sports Ireland are committed to helping people keep active during Covid-19. Over the past number of weeks Sports Ireland have been working on developing a suite of online exercise content to support the people most in need in our society with their physical activity. ... click to read full post & comments


Development of a New Digital Strategy for Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/04/2021.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsDevelopment of a New Digital Strategy for Schools


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today announced the development of a new Digital Strategy for Schools, commencing with a wide-ranging consultation process.

The new Digital Strategy for Schools will replace the existing strategy, ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI shocked at change in vaccination programme

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 31/03/2021.
Tags: TeachersASTI shocked at change in vaccination programme



The ASTI has said it is shocked and dismayed by reports of a Government decision to abandon the vaccination of key workers, including school staff, as part of the national vaccination programme.
 
“The Government has continuously stated that a key objective is to keep schools open. Today’s decision is ... click to read full post & comments


School Transport On-Line Application / Tickets

Posted by Schooldays Newhound, on 30/03/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Transport On-Line Application / Tickets


To use School Transport Scheme Services, pupils must be in possession of a valid ticket for travel. ... click to read full post & comments(4)


Hot School Meals Programme 2021 Launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/03/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And Politics Hot School Meals Programme 2021 Launched


Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched the Hot School Meals Programme 2021, ... click to read full post & comments


Additional supports for schools for Leaving Cert 2021

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 26/03/2021.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsAdditional supports for schools for Leaving Cert 2021


Minister for Education Norma Foley TD yesterday announced the details of the additional supports that will be provided to schools to support the running of the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied Examinations and the ... click to read full post & comments


2021 Written Leaving Cert Exam adjustments

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/03/2021.
Tags: Parenting Teachers2021 Written Leaving Cert Exam adjustments


The State Examinations Commission (SEC), has published a 64-page document setting out further adjustments to the 2021 written Leaving Certificate papers. The document states that the "aim of these further adjustments is to ... click to read full post & comments


Minister O Gorman launches an online consultation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 22/03/2021.
Tags: Parenting Minister O Gorman launches an online consultation


Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., has today launched a public consultation on the development of a national model of parenting support services. The consultation will be open until 16th April 2021.

The aim of the model is to develop a more coherent and strategic approach ... click to read full post & comments


Minister Foley approves Irish-medium satellite

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 18/03/2021.
Tags: Teachers EducationMinister Foley approves Irish-medium satellite


The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has approved a proposal for a new satellite model of Irish-medium post-primary provision to be piloted in Dundalk. The model involves a satellite /Dundalk-based campus of An Foras Pátrúnachta’s Balbriggan Gaelcholáiste – Coláiste Ghlór na Mara.

Piloting the Irish-medium satellite model provides an opportunity to explore a model ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert 2021 Student Portal Opens

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/03/2021.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert 2021 Student Portal Opens


The Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal opens at 12 noon today. The portal will remain open for six days until 6pm on Tuesday 16th March
All 2021 Leaving Certificate students are required to ... click to read full post & comments(1)





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