Useful Links for Parents

Returning to Early Learning Centres

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, launched an initiative for children and families – Let’s Get Ready – a resource to support young children and their parents/guardians plan for returning to Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings or transitioning to pre-school or primary school for the first time.

As Early Learning and Care settings plan to re-open from 29 June, the Let’s Get Ready website provides guidance for children and parents preparing to return these settings. There is a particular focus on new public health requirements introduced in response to COVID-19. 

Parents, please see the media clip below launched by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs on what we all need to know as you prepare your children to return to pre-school and crèche.
For more information and resources for families on transitions to pre-school and school, you can go to: 

Explaining Coronavirus to Children

This is a great book for explaining Coronavirus to children in a gentle, child friendly way. Please click on the link to download Coronavirus_ABookForChildren

Printable Colouring Pages for Children

Please click on the link to download colouring pages Childrens colouring pages

Online Resources for Children

✅ Dublin Zoo webcams

✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers

✅Play games and learn all about animals

✅Travel to Paris to see amazing works of art at The Louvre 

✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life

✅Math and Reading games 

✅Phonics skills 

✅This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies 

✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens

✅Geography and animals

✅Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry

✅Fave kids books read by famous people

✅Crafts, activities, mazes, join the dots etc,

✅Voice based learning… learn through Alexa

✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities

✅Math as a fun part of your daily family routine

✅Digital archive of history

✅35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.

✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customised to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects.

✅Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

✅Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college.

✅Poetry and music

✅3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving maths.

✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

✅80+ do at home science activities

✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice.

✅Free videos from around the world

✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.

✅Online digital colouring pages

✅Phonics worksheets for kids

✅Free stories online ages 3-12

✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

✅Learn all about earthquakes

✅Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc.

✅Space science for kiddos

✅Maths Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders

✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time.

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home

✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and  bongos.

✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.

✅Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.

✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life.

✅Alaskan Wildlife cams

✅Coding with Star Wars

✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun

✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children

✅Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+

✅Toddler and preschool age ideas


Supporting families and Parents through the Coming Days and Weeks Resource Pack

The Supporting Families and Parents through the Coming Days and Weeks Resource Pack offers practical advice on a range of subjects, including:

Support and Advice for Expectant Parents/Flying Start 
Promoting Toddler’s Social & Emotional Development: Child Directed Play 
The Changing Lives Initiative: An Innovative App on ADHD to Support Families 
Reconnecting as a Family 
Managing Home Schooling Effectively 
Structures & Routines 
Managing Children’s Anxiety 
Managing Your Child’s Safety Online during COVID-19
Speaking to Your Child about Covid-19/Current Situation 
Managing Challenging Behaviour 
Building Resilience and Keeping Children Mindful

Please click on the link to access the resource Supporting-Parents-and-Families-through-the-coming-days-and-weeks-resource-pack


Talking to Young Children about Covid 19

This is a fabulous resource for small children who will be detecting the general anxiety as the situation evolves A kids`guide to Coronavirus


Helping Children Cope during the Covid 19 Restrictions