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Help My Kid Learn Z-cards - Resources for Parents

Help My Kid Learn Z-Cards are for parents of primary school children. They are being distributed to Primary Schools via the Education Centre Network. They are credit sized cards that fold out like a map with 24 great ways to keep children entertained and learning over Christmas - be it on car journeys, rainy days or out and about. The Z-cards have been developed as part of the National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020. The national strategy Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life, includes a range of actions to enable parents and communities to support children’s learning. The strategy recognises that parents who are engaged in their child's learning, have a significant positive impact on a child’s educational achievement - especially in literacy and numeracy.

As part of this strategy, the Department asked the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to highlight the role that parents and communities can play in improving children’s literacy and numeracy, using media, online resources and celebrity endorsements.

To achieve this, NALA has developed Help My Kid Learn – a simple website that brings together relevant information for parents and the wider community to support children’s literacy and numeracy development.

The website’s purpose is to provide fun activities that parents can do with their children to develop their literacy and numeracy. It includes general information, fun activities and useful tips. Help My Kid Learn is a website where people can see that supporting a child’s literacy and numeracy development is a natural, easy and fun activity that can be integrated into any part of their day.

There are already a wide range of statutory and voluntary groups at community level supporting the literacy and numeracy development of children and adults. This website aims to work with, and support all those efforts by providing a single reference point for parents and guardians to better understand their role in their children’s literacy and numeracy development.

Aistear for Parents

What is Aistear?
Aistear is a curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It describes the types of learning that are important for babies, toddlers and young children.

How can Aistear help me me as a parent?
There are lots of great examples, exciting ideas, and practical suggestions in Aistear to help you as a parent. For example, the Framework suggests lots of things you can do to help your child learn through everyday activities and routines, such as getting food ready for meals, going to the shops, and checking the post. Aistear shows how important play is for your child’s learning and development, and gives ideas for ways you and your child can play and learn together. And the good news is that this doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive toys. Aistear has a long list of low-cost and free resources for play.

Who else is Aistear for?
If your child goes to a crèche, a childminder, a playgroup, a pre-school, or a primary school the practitioner there may also be using Aistear. The Framework has lots of suggestions for how you along with the childminder, the practitioner or teacher might work together to help your child settle into the new surroundings and benefit from all the fun and exciting opportunities that are provided to support his/her learning and development.

Where can I find Aistear?
Aistear is available in English and in Irish at When you visit the website, click on the Aistear logo to go to the Framework. If you don’t have the internet at home check your local library to see if you can get online there.

Junior Cycle fact sheets from the NCCA

The NCCA has recently developed a set of fact sheets, which give information about the different subjects available in junior cycle. While the fact sheets have been designed with sixth class pupils and first year students in mind, they will also be useful for parents.  The fact sheets are available in 25 junior cycle subjects and are published in English and Irish. To access please click here : Junior Cycle Fact Sheets page on the NCCA website.

Bi-Lingual Information for Parents DES

The Department of Education and Science has now published education information on its website in 6 languages – German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish and Russian.   It is hoped that the information will be of help to parents whose first language is not English and who have children of school age.    For further information please visit the Department of Education and Science website at