Minister Bruton commences plan to increase provision of multi- and non-denominational schools

Minister Bruton commences plan to increase provision of multi- and non-denominational schools Dept of Education and Skills Press Release Surveys to pre-school parents now underway; surveys to be completed in the next two weeks ‘Early-movers’ provision allows communities to accelerate transfers The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T. D. today (Monday, 28th of May)…

Minister Zappone initiates review and consultation in respect of the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption

Please see the following announcement from DCYA Dr Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, today announced that last Friday 18th May, her Department initiated a review in respect of the potential introduction of open or semi-open adoption in Ireland. The Minister on accepting the amendment in Seanad to the Adoption (Amendment) Act…

Baby boxes for parents of every newborn: Ireland’s strategy to increase birth rate

Interesting read from the Irish Independent Children’s minister Zappone set to introduce ‘baby boxes’ for parents of every newborn The Government is developing a first-of-its-kind ‘baby boom strategy’ aimed at increasing birth rates to counteract the increasing economic demands posed by the country’s ageing population, the Sunday Independent can reveal. A high-level taskforce led by…

Children’s waking time 60% sedentary

An interesting read from the Irish Examiner which looks at Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and the risk of overweight and obesity in school-aged children. A study of Irish children who wore devices clocking their physical activity for a week found they were sedentary for more than 60% of their waking hours. The research found that,…

Learning languages: Why bilingual kids are smarter – The Irish Times

Evidence shows children with more languages score better in cognitive tests Ireland is speaking more languages than ever before with Polish, French, Romanian, Lithuanian and Spanish all echoing through our family homes. For years, there was a belief that bilingual children lagged behind academically and intellectually. More recent studies, however, comprehensively show this is untrue:…