Need more help?
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else does.
Sometimes talking to relatives or friends can be useful if you are concerned about your child. At other times, it is helpful to get some professional advice.
If you feel worried about any aspect of your baby’s or toddler’s development, you can ask for help from the public health nurse at the baby clinic or from your GP.
You can also get practical advice from people who work with your child, such as a playgroup leader or crèche manager.
It is important for children to get any help they need as early as possible. Some children may need extra support when they start school, so you should discuss this in advance with the class teacher. If you think your schoolchild is having difficulty, talk first to the class teacher. You may like to bring someone with you or have some questions ready to get the most from your discussion.
When a child has a problem learning to read and write they may need some extra help both at home and at school. If the problem contrasts with the child’s ability in other areas, you can ask for an assessment through the National Educational Psychological Service. The class teacher or school principal will have details for your area.
If you would like to improve your own reading, writing, numbers and technology skills, please call NALA on Freephone 1800 20 20 65 or Freetext ‘learn’ to 50050. Our free and confidential telephone advice and referral service has been helping adults return to education for over 10 years.
Need more help?
Here are a list of Irish organisations and websites.
NALA's Distance Learning website
On this website you can develop your literacy and numeracy skills. In addition you can get recognised Irish awards (FETAC Level 2 and Level 3). Log onto the website, register for free, then watch the video and select the area you want to learn. There is also a freephone support service if you get stuck 1800 20 20 65.
This organisation offers support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent and the reassurance that, whatever the problem, you’re not the first parent to face it.
1890 927 277
HADD Family Support Group
HADD is a support group for parents of children with ADHD in Ireland and the professionals who serve them. ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) is a difficulty with concentration and attention.
01 874 8349
Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI)
The DAI is the main support organisation in Ireland for adults and children with dyslexia.
01 679 0275/6
Aspire offers advice and support for families affected with Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a difficulty with social interaction.
01 878 0027
Dyspraxia Association of Ireland
The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland promotes awareness of Dyspraxia in Ireland in order to create a better understanding of the difficulties children and parents face
01 404 5530
National Parents Council
This is the nationwide organisation representing parents of children attending early and primary education.
01 887 4477
Barnardos offers a variety of specialised services to provide further support to children, parents and families, ranging from literacy support to assistance during difficult times.
1850 222 300
This organisation offers support, information and services to all members of all one-parent families, including a range of parenting programmes. One Family organises a monthly social group outing for lone parents and their children. Call 01 662 9212 or see https://www.facebook.com/OneFamilyIreland for details of the next outing.
1890 662 212
Anti Bullying Centre
The staff at the Anti-Bullying Centre are available to give advice about bullying and/or harassment situations.
01 896 2573 or 01 896 3488
Citizens Information – Education
Citizen information centres provide information on the education system in Ireland and your entitements.
0761 07 4000
National Libraries of Ireland
Discover your local library and lots of interesting information about your area on www.askaboutireland.ie
Children’s Books Ireland (CBI)
CBI is the national children’s books organisation of Ireland. They aim to engage young people with books, foster a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people and act as a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland.
01 872 7475
National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)
NALA is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs.
1800 20 20 65
This is an online resource for parents and teachers in Irish Education.
This site offers a wide variety of information and tips on parenting and pregnancy.
This site contains a reading programme and is split into four skills levels with various types of interactive reading material and child-friendly activities aimed mainly at emergent readers and 4-7 year olds.
Scoilnet is the Department of Education and Skills official portal for Irish education. Scoilnet contains a database of over 11,800 digital resources including themed pages, reviewed websites, quizzes, lesson plans, crosswords and other multimedia.
National Education Psychological Services (NEPS)
NEPS psychologists work with both primary and post-primary schools and are concerned with learning, behaviour and emotional development. The work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs.
01 889 2700
Home School Community Liaison Scheme (HSCLS)
The HSCL promotes partnership between parents and teachers in order to enhance pupils’ learning opportunities and to promote their retention in the education system.
(0906) 648 3772 / 3773 / 3774 / 3775
Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework and can be used in the range of early childhood settings including children’s own homes, childminding settings, full and part-time daycare settings, sessional services and infant classes in primary schools.
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists
This organisation can answer your speech and language questions and help you find a speech and language therapist for your child.
Early Childhood Ireland
This organisation supports and represents the people who deliver early childhood care and education in Ireland, and prioritises the interests of children.
Children’s Right’s Alliance
This is a coalition of over 90 non-governmental organisations working to secure the rights of children in Ireland.
01 662 9400