The workshops are designed to support primary science, geography and PE curricula. Teachers are supplied with Teacher's Notes for each workshop.
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We recommend that the maximum number in a group should not exceed 30 children. (The smaller the group, the more each child stands to gain from a workshop).
It is unnecessary to prepare your class in advance of the workshops. However Leave No Trace Ireland has an interactive, downloadable resource available at www.leavenotraceschools.org which promises to be a fun way to teach and learn about how to behave in the outdoors.
Yes. Free teaching and learning resources based on Emo Court are available here curtesy of Laois Education Centre. The website includes information, ideas and worksheets for teachers. There are suggestions for work in English, History, Art, Science and Geography.
The group will be led by an experienced and qualified environmental educator. Together we'll explore Emo's woodland and water habitats.
Yes. All Laois Outdoor Education staff have undergone Garda vetting and cannot work with children or vulnerable persons unless they have been vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.
Toilets are located at the car park and in the Tea Rooms.
There is ample parking for coaches in the carpark beside the house.
Yes. The house is open from the end of March until the end of September. For more detailed information on opening times visit www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/emocourt The average length of the visit is one hour.
Do I need to book a school visit of the house? Please book your visit of the house in advance. There should be a ratio of one adult to every 10 children. Teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for children's behaviour. Ring the OPW directly at Emo Court to arrange. For contact details visit www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/emocourt
Groups from schools with their teachers are admitted free of charge to the house.
Yes. There are picnic benches near the car park. Also the Emo Court tea rooms are located beside the main house in the Dower House. For opening times see www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlands-eastcoast/emocourt
There is wheelchair access to the gardens and tea rooms. Access to the house is limited.
Only a packed lunch and suitable clothing. See below.
If your school has a school tracksuit, that would be ideal. If it's wet & cold, appropriate waterproof and warm clothing/shoes will be needed with extra layers to change into if anyone should get wet. We would recommend that wellies are worn, however if the kids don't have wellies, ask them to pack a change of socks. If it's hot, children should be advised to bring a sun hat and their own sunscreen.
Yes, on booking your workshop we'll send you out a risk assessment.
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