UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY SCHOOL
THERE’S a lot to comprehend when sending your first child to big school. Knowing where to begin can be overwhelming, so we’ve simplified things.
If there’s a particular school that you’re interested in, you should find out if that school has a waiting list and get your child signed up as soon as possible, as some schools have long waiting lists.
Most children in Ireland start their first-level education in primary schools between the ages of four and five. Primary school runs for eight years – starting with two years of infant classes, which typically finish earlier than the other classes.
TYPES OF SCHOOLS
There are different types of primary schools to choose from including denominational schools, multi-denominational schools, Irish-speaking schools, special schools and non-State-aided private primary schools.
You can send your child to any primary school you like, provided there is space available. If your preferred school is full, they may place your child on a waiting list, if this happens you may need to contact other schools to find a place.
The length of a primary school day is generally 5 hours and 40 minutes – this includes assembly time and breaks.
Schools usually hold a parent/teacher meeting once or twice during the year and provide reports to keep you updated with your child’s progress. But, if you are concerned about your child’s progress at any stage during the year, you can speak to the class teacher.