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A healthy guide for school lunches
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, 2004 (96k)
Lunch is an important meal for children and should provide at least one third of a childís daily nutrients to help them grow, learn and play. click to download

Caring for your child
Health Promotion Unit, 2004 (816k)
A few simple ways to ensure better health for your child. click to download

Child safety - Play it safe
Health Promotion Unit, 2005 (192)
Safety information for parents and carers of children - 1 to 5 years.Through the first 5 years it is important that your child is able to explore and learn in safety. click to download

Child safety - Poster
Health Promotion Unit, 2005 (976k)
Always wear a seat belt when travelling by car. click to download

Child Safety - Stay safe
Health Promotion Unit, 2005 (208k)
Learning about safety is an important life skill that you can share with your child. As your child grows her/his ability to judge dangerous situations and make safe decisions grows. Your childís level of independence grows, however he/she still needs care and guidance from you. click to download

Get Mr Germ on the run
Health Promotion Unit, 2002 (32k)
Keep him away, wash ever day! Itís good clean fun! Wash all over at least once a week. click to download

Healthy eating for children
Health Promotion Unit, 2004 (480k)
The Food Pyramid is a fun way of teaching your children about the different food groups. click to download

Guide to Childhood Accidents & Emergencies
National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, (444k)
An overview of some everyday childhood accidents, illnesses and emergencies which parents may encounter, and when these may warrant more serious medical attention. click to download

Our Children First
Barnardos, 2004 (1.5MB)
The purpose of this guide is to explain to parents the hows and whys of protecting children. click to download

Learning about Mental Illness
Barnardos, 2004 (116k)
Published in association with Schizophrenia Ireland, this booklet is for children whose parent, brother or sister are experienceing mental ill health. click to download

Sharing Good Practice
Barnardos, 2006 (444k)
This publication offers practical tips on some specific areas of good practice such as adult-child interactions, observations, parental involvement and planning programmes. click to download

Guide to Books for 0-5 year-olds
Barnardos, (620k)
Fully updated to include 40 more fiction titles suitable for the 0-5 age group, this popular guide is aimed at making reading fun. click to download

Games and Activities for 0-5 year-olds
Barnardos, 2005 (412k)
This booklet is filled with tips on simple games to play with children. These games are great for a child's development and most importantly they are fun for everyone involved. click to download

Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children
Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children, 2006 (1.2MB)
This report presents data from the HBSC Ireland 2006, the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey. The 2006 HBSC survey is the third time that data of this kind has been collected from young people across the Republic of Ireland; previous surveys were conducted in 2002 and 1998 (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). click to download

Smoking behaviour among school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (232K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 18.6% of children report that they currently smoke, representing a slight reduction since 1998. The percentage of smokers increases with age, from 4.6% of 10-11 year old boys and 2.6% of 10-11 year old girls, to 30% of 15-17 year old boys and 33% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Family structure of school children in Ireland.
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (824K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 85% of children are living with both parents, a percentage that has remained stable since 1998. No differences were found between boys and girls, age groups or social classes in terms of living with both parents. click to download

Injuries among school children in Ireland.
HBSC Ireland, (200K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 45.8% of children aged 10-18 report that they were injured and needed medical treatment from a doctor or a nurse once or more in the previous 12 months (56.6% of boys and 37.5% of girls). The overall figure represents an increase of about 6 percentage points from 40.0% in 1998. click to download

Classmate relationships of school children
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (220K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 60.1% of children aged 10-18 report positive relationships with their classmates (55.9% of boys and 63.1% of girls). This figure has remained stable since 1998. However, the percentage of children reporting positive relationships with classmates decreases with age. click to download

Alcohol use and drunkenness among school children
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (244K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 31.2% of children have had so much alcohol that they were really drunk (32.7% of boys and 30.1% of girls). This percentage has remained stable since 1998. The percentage of children that have been drunk increases with age, from 6.7% of 10-11 year old boys and 3.0% of 10-11 year old girls, to 59.7% of 15-17 year old boys and 56.4% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Dieting behaviour of school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (204K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 13.1% of Irish children report that they are currently on a diet (6.6% of boys and 17.9% of girls). This represents an increase since 1998. The percentage of girls that are engaged in dieting behaviour increases with age, from 7.8% of 10-11 year olds to 24.2% of 15-17 year olds, whereas the percentage of boys remains relatively stable with age, from 7.2% of 10-11 year olds to 6.3% of 15-17 year olds. click to download

Oral Hygiene of school children in Ireland.
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (212K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 61.6% of children report that they brush their teeth more than once a day (50.2% of boys and 70.1% of girls), representing a slight increase since 1998. The percentage of boys that brush their teeth more than once a day shows a slight decrease with age (from 52.7% of 10-11 year olds to 50.2% of 15-17 year olds). click to download

Bullying among school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (212K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 23.3% of children report being bullied (26.4% of boys and 21.0% of girls). The overall figure has remained relatively stable since 1998. The percentage of boys being bullied peaks at the ages of 12 to 14 years (29.9%), with 26.8% of 10-11 year olds and 21.7% of 15-17 year olds being bullied. click to download

Bullying others among school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (204K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 20.2% of children report having bullied others, (28.7% of boys and 14.0% of girls), representing a slight decrease since 1998. The percentage of boys bullying others increases with age up to 12-14 years (30.5%) and then remains stable, (21.2% of 10-11 year olds and 30.5% of 15-17 year olds). click to download

Cannabis use among school children in Ireland.
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (212K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 11.1% of children report having taken cannabis in the past 12 months (13.7% of boys and 9.1% of girls). This figure has remained relatively stable since 1998. The percentage of children that have taken cannabis increases with age, from 1.0% of 10-11 year old boys and 0% of 10-11 year old girls, to 30.5% of 15-17 year old boys and 19.3% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Relationship with Fathers among school children
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (212K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 53.1% of children report finding it easy to talk to their fathers (60.5% of boys and 47.7% of girls), which represents an increase since 1998. The percentage of children that find it easy to talk to their fathers decreases with age, from 75.5% of 10-11 year old boys and 61.6% of 10-11 year old girls, to 50.1% of 15-17 year old boys and 40.8% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Relationship with Mothers among school children
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (208K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 75.6% of children report finding it easy to talk to their mothers (73.4% of boys and 77.1% of girls), which represents a slight increase since 1998. The percentage of children that find it easy to talk to their mothers decreases with age, from 83.3% of 10-11 year old boys and 84.9% of 10-11 year old girls, to 66.9% of 15-17 year old boys and 71.2% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Food Poverty among school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (208K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 16.1% of Irish children report that they go to school or to bed hungry, because there is not enough food at home. The figures are slightly higher among boys (18.7%) compared with girls (14.2%), but relatively stable across all age groups (16.5% among 10- 11 years old, 16.4% among 12-14 years and 15.3% among 15-17 years old). A small decrease was found across age groups among boys (from 19.3% among 12-14 years old to 16.8% among 15-17 years old) click to download

Health Perceptions of school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (208K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 27.8% of Irish children report excellent health (boys 31.7%, girls 24.8%). This figure has remained stable since 1998. The percentage of children reporting excellent health decreases with age, from 34.5% of 10-11 year old boys and 35.0% of 10-11 year old girls, to 29.6% of 15-17 year old boys and 17.5% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

School Perceptions of school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (208K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 68.8% of Irish children report that they like school a bit or a lot, (boys 61.9%, girls 73.9%), representing a slight decrease since 1998. The percentage of children that like school decreases with age, from 63.7% of 10-11 year old boys and 80.7% of 10-11 year old girls, to 55.9% of 15-17 year old boys and 69.8% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Emotional well-being of school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (208K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 44.2% of Irish children report that they are very happy about their life, (boys 47.1%, girls 42.1%), representing a slight increase since 1998. The percentage of children reporting being very happy decreases with age, from 58.6% of 10-11 year old boys and 60.1% of 10-11 year old girls, to 38.6% of 15-17 year old boys and 31.4% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

Exercise among school children in Ireland
HBSC Ireland, 2002 (172K)
HBSC Ireland has found that 47.0% of Irish children report that they exercise 4 or more times a week (boys 59.2%, girls 37.9%), representing a decrease since 1998. The percentage of children exercising 4 or more times a week decreases with age, from 64.7% of 10-11 year old boys and 53.6% of 10-11 year old girls, to 51.3% of 15-17 year old boys and 26.0% of 15-17 year old girls. click to download

The Green Bus Guide
redbranch, 2006 (1.4MB)
This document has been developed to provide practical guidance to schools and parents who wish to set up a walking school bus in their community. click to download

 
     
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