Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Home Education and Attending Non Recognised Schools

The Irish Constitution acknowledges the role of a parent / guardian as the primary educator of the child and has enshrined in law that a parent / guardian may home educate a child.

Under Section 14 (1) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000 parents of children who attend a non -recognised school - that is a school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills (e.g. a private primary school) - or of children who are educated at home - must complete a registration assessment process.

This legal requirement exists in order to support parents in their right to home educate and importantly, to safeguard a child's right to a minimum education.

Home Education and Registration

Home education - when a child is educated at home rather than school - is a constitutional right of parents enshrined in law under the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000.

There are many reasons why parents choose to home educate children. They can include personal circumstances, philosophical or religious reasons.

Parents who decide to home educate their child must complete a registration assessment process with the Educational Welfare Services of the Child and Family Agency. The registration assessment process is straightforward and usually involves a visit to the home setting after a home education application has been received.

The education provision at home can be quite different to that of a State school and the home setting often provides a more individual, flexible and organic approach to learning.

The Board takes a holistic view of the education that is being provided to each child in the home setting.

Parents who wish to educate their child at home should contact us on 01 7718638 for further information or click on the link below to download a copy of the home education application form and the Guidelines on the Assessment of Education in Places Other Than Recognised Schools.

Completed application forms should be returned to:

Registration Section
Alternative Education Assessment & Registration Service
Child and Family Agency
Floor 4, Brunel Building
Heuston South Quarter
Dublin 8

Non-Recognised’ schools and Registration

Parents can also decide to educate their child at private non-recognised schools (i.e. schools that are not funded by the Department of Education and Skills - for example, a private primary school). Children who attend non-recognised schools must be registered with the Educational Welfare Service of the Child and Family Agency by their parents. This is a legal requirement.

Parents of a child who attend a ‘non-recognised’ school should contact us on 01 7718638 for further information regarding the registration assessment process.

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