Starting the School Year

Back to school season can be an exciting, but sometimes stressful time for parents and families. Especially when your child is off to school for the first time. This period from summer into a routine classroom environment is a transition for both kids and parents.

Your child may be coming from a traditional creche or playschool, or may be coming from a more specialised programme- like SKIP (Special Kids Intervention Programme). Either way, there are many new experiences your child will encounter in the classroom each year.

Our friends at Financial Well Being have put together a series of articles on ‘Back to School’ preparedness. You can find those articles below, and more on financial planning here.

Back to School Allowance

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance can help parents meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for their children. The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 is €150. Children aged 12-22 in full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019 is €275.

Parents who automatically qualify would have received their payment during the week starting 8th of July 2019.

To learn more about where to apply for your Back to School Allowance, or to read the full article from Financial Well being click here or on the image above.

Log on to for the application form. You can also apply online but you will need to have your Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account. Go to

Top Tips for Back to School Season

Dolores from Financial Well Being shares her top tips for parents getting kids back to school. The start of the school year holds lots of promise for new students. It’s hard to know what to expect. Click the image above or this link here to read more about:

  • School uniforms
  • School Lunches
  • SNAs & New Teachers
  • Classroom Participation

At the end of the day, the start of the school year is the start of a new life for you and your child. We know transition can be tough, but remember to celebrate the good days and know there is a support system in place for advice.

To learn more about our school programmes like SKIP or school readiness workshops click here.

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