The Minister for Education has said plans are being put in place to provide school places for children arriving from Ukraine.

Speaking today, Minister Norma Foley said it was difficult to estimate how many children will end up coming here, but said her department is managing "very well" in accommodating the current numbers.

She said she spoke to her counterpart in Ukraine this afternoon, who told her that over 250 schools have so far been destroyed in the fighting and it is expected more will suffer a similar fate.

Minister Foley said that she told him that it is the department's intention to make provision for the children who come into its care.

Asked how long Ukrainian children would have wait for a school place, she cited a case where children had arrived on Monday and were in school today.

The minister said though that she was very conscious that greater numbers will come and said her department was planning for that.

She said her department would be liaising with the Department of Children about specific areas and schools which have spaces available that could cope with extra numbers.

She said specific supports would be required, like extra English language supports and counselling services. She said a helpline had been set up for school principals to access information.

Separately, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said Irish students who were forced to leave Ukraine will be facilitated to continue their studies in Ireland.

"My Department is making contact with all students involved and we will work tirelessly to support them," he said on Twitter.