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Engage with Nature - Education for Sustainable Development

The Department of Education has commissioned 5 videos on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in schools.

Video 1 - Composting with a Hotbin

Video 2 - Composting with a New Zealand Bin

Video 3 - Planting Garlic in a school garden

Video 4 - Sowing Winter-Hardy Broad Beans in a school garden

Video 5 - Sowing Winter-Hardy Broad Beans in a school garden

To view the videos click HERE.

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Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Service (EAS) Information Sessions

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Recruitment - Part Time Administration Position

Administration position

KESC is recruiting for a part time, fixed term (1 year) Administrator.

Salary: Grade III (pro-rata).

2 days per week (€11,158.40)

Location: Kildare Education Support Centre, Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

A detailed job description and Application form are available here:

Information Booklet:  Information Booklet Administrator October 2023.docx 

Application Form: Application form Administrator Position 2023.docx 

The role will suit a candidate with strong organisational and IT skills, attention to detail and the ability to work on own initiative within a flexible, co-operative team structure.

Minimum qualification required:

  • Have obtained at least Grade D3 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination (higher, ordinary, applied or vocational programmes) or equivalent or have passed an examination at the appropriate level within the QQI qualifications framework which can be assessed as being comparable to Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent or higher or have appropriate relevant experience which encompasses equivalent skills and expertise.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 3rd November 2023 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shortlisting may take place. Canvassing will disqualify.

Kildare Education Support Centre is an equal opportunities employer.

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Supports for Digital Learning Leaders in Primary Schools Webinar Series

Oide Supports for Digital Learning Leaders in Primary Schools Series

This webinar is designed to raise awareness of all the digital technology supports available for principals. deputy principals, digital learning team members and ICT post holders. 

Webinar 1 - Embedding of Digital Technologies

Explore the resources and supports available to digital leaders regarding digital learning planning and teacher professional learning.

Thursday 5th October at 3:15pm

Webinar 2 - Digital Technology Infrastructure

Explore the supports available for digital infrastructure including broadband and purchasing frameworks.

Thursday 12th October at 3:15pm

Webinar 3 - Policies and Future Initiatives

Explore necessary school policies in the area of digital technologies. Upcoming initiatives will also be outlined.

Thursday 19th October at 3:15pm

Register - and search for Digital Learning Leaders

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KILDARE BIO BOX: An exciting NEW Initiative for Primary Schools

Press Release

Kildare Bio Box:   An exciting NEW initiative for Primary Schools in Co. Kildare

27th June 2023: Kildare County Council, in partnership with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, will launch a new project this autumn, entitled Kildare Bio Box. The project which is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, via the Local Biodiversity Action Fund 2023, will offer thirty primary schools in Kildare a FREE box of biodiversity resources, including species identification swatches and guides for teachers to explore biodiversity with students. 

In addition, twenty of the schools that receive a Kildare Bio Box will also be offered a complimentary biodiversity visit to their school.  A specialist guide from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council will take students on a journey of discovery of habitats and biodiversity in their local community.

Biodiversity or ‘biological diversity’, is the variety of all life on earth in all its forms and all its interactions.  Biodiversity includes the worms in the soil and the birds in the sky, the trees in our parks and the wildflowers in your garden.  It also includes us! Around 31,000 species are known to occur in Ireland, yet the conservation status of only about 10% of these has been assessed. This means we have a fundamental knowledge gap in how biodiversity is changing in Ireland.

Biodiversity provides many services to our communities, for example, all plants absorb carbon dioxide, as they photosynthesise to make their own food, and act as nature’s air filters; while bumblebees and hoverflies are pollinators, completing an essential task to ensure our food grows.  Habitat loss, invasive species, over-exploitation, pollution and climate change have however all been identified as drivers of biodiversity loss; but is there anything we can do?  For young members of our community the first step is to learn about the diversity of living things all around us, and Kildare Bio Box is here to help.   

Knowing what biodiversity we have in our school grounds, local parks or roadside verges, we can then consider steps to support and enhance it.

Primary Schools in Kildare interested in having one of the thirty FREE boxes delivered to their school, or indeed interested in getting involved in one of the twenty FREE biodiversity visits, should  contact:     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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