Welcome Parents

In this section of the website, we aim to provide information about many aspects of your child’s health, well-being, learning, and development. You can click on any of the links below to access interesting articles and publications.

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Here is a letter from the HPSC issued on 27.1.22


Here is the latest advice from the HPSC 14.09.21 which you can download


 Healthy Snacks for 1 - 4 year olds

Healthy Snacks

Here are the recommended physical exercise guidelines for babies and young children

 IExercise for babies   0 3 months PA  
1 3 Years PA  

New Food Pyramid for 1-4 year olds

Food Pyramid ENG

Tusla Child and Family Agency have produced these leaflets for Parents

What is an early years service          What to expect from an ELC          Who we are and what we do

Department of Children Equality Disability Integration & Youth
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents 

Parent FAQ  


A collaboration between Children's Books of Ireland and The Department of Children Equality Disability, Integration and Youth

Childrens Books of Ireland


Play Well a booklet from Play Scotland
to help with your child's play at home             Arts Experiences
                                                                               for Young Children

 Play Well Pack                            Arts Experiences



NPC Transition from Preschool to Primary

My Child 0-2 Years                                   My Child 2-5 Years

My Child 0 2                                       My Child 2 5    

Bed Time Routines from the START Campaign

A bedtime routine is the predictable, regular things you and your child do in the hour or so before lights out, and before your child falls asleep. Things like eating, washing teeth and face, going to the loo, having a bath, talking to your child about their day, a hug and a kiss goodnight.

Regular bedtimes from an early age can help the quality of your child’s sleep throughout their childhood. 

In this video, parenting expert Colman Noctor talks about why a regular sleep routine is so important for all the family.

Sleep Routine

Aim to get enough sleep for your child’s age

Children of different ages need different amounts of sleep and while there are no exact amounts, in general, children aged between five and 12 need at least ten hours of sleep - this of course can vary between children.

Aim for:

3 - 5 year olds 11 - 12 hours at night, plus a daytime rest of up to 1 hour
5 -12 year olds 10+ hours
over 12 year olds and teenagers 8 - 9 hours

For babies and toddlers

About 6 months old   10-11 hours at night plus 3 daytime naps (1.5 - 2 hours for 2 of the naps)
About 9 months old 10-12 hours at night plus 2 daytime naps (1.5 - 2 hours)
About 1 year 10-12 hours at night plus 2 daytime naps (1 - 2 hours)
About 2 years  10-12 hours at night plus 1 daytime nap (1.5 - 2 hours)




In this video START Campaign Chief Specialist in Nutrition, Dr Marian O’Reilly explains how sleep can impact on our health and diet

Sleep and Nutrition

 An infographic and leaflet on Lunchboxes in the light of COVID, which are the result of a collaboration between NCN and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). Very shortly these resources will be available in Irish.


 Infographic - English                            Infographic - Irish

Time for Lunch infographic 2        Time for Lunch infographic Irisha

Leaflet - English

Leaflet side 1  Leaflet Side 2

Leaflet - Irish

Lunch box Irish 1  Lunch Box Irish 2


The adventures of Aoife & Daithi

Aoife Daithi1

New Aoife Daithi   Annotation 2020 09 08 141802   Healthy Teeth


A new free E-Book from Barnardos

This book will give information to parents on what to look for in a quality
After-School Service. Click on the link to download it  

Barnardos Ebook


More adventures from Aoife & Daithí

    IRISH  VERSION                                                                              

    Annotation 2020 09 08 141802


  New Aoife Daithi               


    Curriculum Poster 2


Here is a book for parents and practitioners to enable them to talk to young children about returning to their early years setting. We have included the posters that go with the book

Aoife Daithi


Poster 1      Poster 2 Wash your hands   


 Poster 3 Sneeze       Poster 5 Adult     

   Poster 4 Tissues     


Child Health & Safety            Aistear - Learning & Developing          

around pets                            through Play                                        


Children and Pets       Aistear for Parents                  

Aistear Play for Babies -                     Treasure Baskets for Babies
A Tip Sheet for Parents

      Aistear Learning through Play babies                      Treasure Baskets Babies

For Parents

Barnardos Ireland>> have a range of resources on parenting positively they are all free

Free Pre-school Year >>

Access & Inclusion Model >>

Partners in Learning: A Parent’s Guide to Partnership in Childcare >>

Early Childhood Care and Education Frameworks for Parents >>

Parenting >>

Child Development for Parents >>

Children's Care and Education for parents >>

Behaviour Management >>

Health and Safety for Parents  >>

For Dads >>

Parenting Blogs and News Articles >>

Here is a very interesting read  "Not without my Teddy" The companions of childhood, which includes some good tips for parents. Authors are Andrea Holler and Maya Gotz. Click on the image below to access the document

Not without my Teddy

Here is an interesting  Health & Well-being Plan published by Galway City Early Years regarding children Under 3

 Under 3s