Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

What is the role of the parent?

Ireland’s Constitution states that parents are the child’s primary educators.  Support from home is vital for your child’s success in school.  To support your child, you can:

  • Show interest in what your child is doing in school
  • Consult with the school on your child’s progress
  • Attend parent / teacher meetings
  • Talk with the class teacher about any concerns you may have, and
  • Praise your child’s efforts at every opportunity.  Your encouragement means a lot and will motivate your child to continue trying.

Select an option below for further information and support 

How does the Educational Welfare Service work?  

Protecting a child’s right to education 

Who can refer to the Educational Welfare Service? 

What should I do if my child is absent from school?  

Can I take my child on holidays during term time? 

What will the school do if my child misses a lot of school? 

How do I enrol my child in School? 

Can I appeal the decision if a school refuses to enrol my child? 

What happens if my family is moving to a new area away from the school? 

What can I do if the school suspends or intends to expel my child? 

What is home tuition? 

Can I teach my child at home? 

Where can I get information about other concerns that are impacting my child’s attendance? 

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