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  • Help parents support children's learning at home.
  • Raising awareness of preschool curriculum

    Brookfield Special School, Craigavon - Stay & Play

  • Establish a home lending library

    Ballinascreen Early Years, Magherafelt

  • Supporting parents to help learning at home

    Templepatrick Nursery Unit

  • Clustering together to explore ideas and share practice

    Settings Cluster Group @ Dundonald EA

Welcome to Getting Ready to Learn

Part of The Early Intervention Transformation Programme

The Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) is a Northern Ireland Executive/Atlantic Philanthropies Delivering Social Change Signature Programme, funded jointly by the Delivering Social Change fund, DoH, DE, DoJ, DfC, DfE and the Atlantic Philanthropies. EITP aims to improve outcomes for children and young people across Northern Ireland through embedding early intervention. Read more about The Early Intervention Transformation Programme...

The Getting Ready to Learn project seeks to support pre-school education providers with DE-funded places to encourage and develop parental involvement in children's early learning. It is focused on improving outcomes for children in pre-school by engaging and empowering parents to help them create and sustain positive home learning environments. Read more...

Introduction to Getting Ready to Learn

Getting Ready to Learn. Our Story So Far...

What Parents are saying about Getting Ready to Learn

Heidi Johnston

Parent - Dunclug Nursery

Beverley Jones

Parent - Sunshine Community Playgroup

Gayle Crawford

Parent - Dunclug Nursery

Ciara McCaul

Parent - Dunclug Nursery


Settings can apply for funding to support delivery of between one and four themes, which have been identified as particularly relevant to parents' of pre-school children:


Education Works in pre-school

Focuses on increasing parents understanding of the pre-school curriculum and the importance of play. Through this theme, setting will provide guidance to parents to support their child's learning at home.

Info Sheet


Happy Healthy Kids

Focuses on raising parents' awareness of the importance of physical activity. Through this theme, settings will provide guidance to help parents increase the amount of time children spend on physical exercise and encourage reduced screen time at home.

Info Sheet


Ages and Stages

Focuses on raising parents' awareness of developmental milestones for 3-4 year olds, helping them to recognize their child's achievements and next steps in learning. Through this theme, settings will provide guidance for parents to help them support the development of specific skills at home.

Info Sheet


Big Bedtime Read

Focuses on supporting parents to read regularly to their children at bedtime and on encouraging good bedtime routines. It also aims to increase parents' awareness of reading opportunities throughout a young child's day.

Info Sheet

What People are Saying

  • This programme has been fantastic for us as staff, the parents and children have given so much positive feedback
    Maria Walsh (Child's Play Day Nursery, Banbridge)
    Feb 2017
  • Getting Ready to Learn is transformational
    Pamela Muir, Dunclug Nursery School
    Feb 2016
  • The skies the limit with this initiative
    Anthea Ridley, Playhouse Activity Centre
  • We all had a great time at our pyjama party. The kids and parents came in their pjs and brought their favourite pillow and teddy. We shared stories and songs and rhymes. We then had hot chocolate and cookies, Yum!
    Paula Marie McIntyre (Millburn Community Playgroup, Coleraine)
    Jan 2017
  • Fifteen Languages are spoken in our school and the Big Bedtime Read has been so helpful to us
    Mrs Brown, Nursery Teacher, Carrick PS, Lurgan.
    Feb 2017
  • My son's ipad broke last Tuesday and he hasn't missed it!
    Feb 2017
  • We go to the library every week now and get 7 books at a time! He hasn't looked for his iPad in ages.
    Feb 2017

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Some funding is available to enable settings to establish practice, for example, purchasing resources for home-lending packs and guidance material. The funding is specifically aimed at enabling settings to engage with parents: therefore funding will not be available to purchase generic pre-school equipment, or IT hardware/software.
All settings delivering the NI Pre-School Education Curriculum in the 2017/18 academic year to target-age (3-4) children, namely:
  • Nursery schools
  • Nursery units within primary schools
  • Private or voluntary settings with PSEP places
  • Primary schools may also apply if they are delivering the NI Pre-School Education Curriculum to pre-school children in a reception class
  • Special schools
The EA will notify settings in June of the amount of funding they will receive effective from September 2017. Funding will be allocated to settings in September and must be used by the end of the financial year i.e. 31 March 2018.
Application forms must be received by 5pm on Friday 28 April 2017. Please email your form to :

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March 2019