The Irish Constitution states that parents have primary responsibility for educating their child and it guarantees the parents’ right and duty to provide for their children’s education. It also says that the State requires that children receive ‘a certain minimum education’. This certain minimum has not yet been defined in legislation or in official policy.
Beaumont Hospital recognises the child’s right to an education service through provision of a skilled staff and resourced classroom.
Parents are actively encouraged to participate in educational activities during their child’s stay in hospital. For many, school based activities provide a focus which centres on the child’s ability to continue with normality, providing a positive experiences during illness.
Parents, as partners, provide vital information on their child’s likes, dislikes, strengths and areas for improvement which can be explored during their stay.