Preparing your Child for Third Level


So, your child is planning to go to third level soon.

Whether this means moving away from home for the first time or staying at home, they’ll be starting a whole new chapter of their life. We’ve already covered some heavy-hitting topics in our money advice blogs like grants and bursaries and what to do in 5th/6th year. In this blog, we’ll look at practical tips to help you and your child prepare for third level. 


Managing Results and CAO Offers 

This is the first time your child/children will be experiencing this type of waiting. It could be life-changing, and it’s important to help manage their expectations and anxious nerves during this time.  

Your child is likely to feel apprehensive in one way or another, gently let them know that no matter what happens, this is a new chapter in their lives and that you support them in their decisions. 

Though you may want to celebrate this occasion with friends and family, your child may not feel the same way and may even opt out of Results Night if they don’t get the results they wanted. Keep it low profile, so your child doesn’t feel pressured to put on a brave face. Likewise, remind them that even if they get what they wanted, their friends might not have and might be upset. 

Did they have varying options on their CAO form? Have you discussed all of them? Some options may see your child moving away from home for the first time, or maybe they’re staying at home. Just a reminder of the dates – Results day (2nd September) and CAO Round One (8th September).  


Getting Prepared for September

Time will fly once the results and offers are in. Many families and students will be looking to find accommodation, accept offers and prepare to start the course. We have a few tips to help prepare for this busy time: 


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