Sunday 17 December 2017

Parents worry over new term in May

Almost half of parents prepare for the return to school as early as May and June, a new survey has revealed. Stock photo
Almost half of parents prepare for the return to school as early as May and June, a new survey has revealed. Stock photo

Patrick Kelleher

Almost half of parents prepare for the return to school as early as May and June, a new survey has revealed.

The study found that 43pc of parents are preparing for their children to go back to school before the holidays even begin.

The survey also asked parents about what they provide for their children ahead of the start of term and two-thirds say they buy new runners for their children; while 57pc get a new pencil case and 70pc a school bag.

The research was conducted by Bord Gáis Energy and surveyed 185 families.

Some of the other findings included the time that families start their day. A quarter of parents are up before 7am to get their children out to school.

It also found that schoolchildren are highly likely to take part in after-school activities, with 84pc of parents saying their children take part in some kind of activity outside of school hours.

The most popular of these was swimming, with 33pc making it their hobby of choice at the end of the school day. Following swimming was Gaelic football (30pc), soccer (24pc), hurling (22pc) and speech and drama (19pc).

The survey results come as parents prepare for the new school term.

Irish Independent

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