Parents of youngsters starting school this year may be pleased to hear the government's record on children's rights is said to be improving.
This is according to the Children's Rights Alliance, which has issued its latest report on the country's performance in this area, which awarded the Fine Gael/Labour coalition an overall grade of C+.
It was noted this is the highest score since the annual study was introduced four years ago and reflects moves such as the establishment of a dedicated Department of Children and Youth Affairs and a commitment to hold a referendum on children's rights this year.
Chief executive of the organisation Tanya Ward said despite concerns surrounding the impact of last month's Budget on vulnerable families, it is good to see progress is being made.
"I'm confident that, overall, this year marks a fresh start for Ireland on its journey to be one of the best places in the world to be a child," she stated.
Last year, the Children's Rights Alliance gave the government an overall D- grade, citing a failure to live up to promises to improve the welfare of Ireland's young people.