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Welcome Parents

If your child is attending a DE funded playgroup or nursery school in Northern Ireland you will probably have heard of the Getting Ready to Learn programme and participated through stay and plays, information sessions, pyjama parties and received book bags and home lending packs. Some of you may know the programme through Big Bedtime Read, our most popular theme.

As parents, you are your child’s first and most important educator. Playing, reading and talking to your child will greatly increase your child’s language skills and how well they do at school. The earlier we begin these activities with our children the better the results and the longer they will last.

This section of our website is updated regularly with ideas and suggestions to support the development of the preschool child. Please feel free to download, use and share these resources with friends and family.

If your child is attending a nursery or preschool that delivers the Getting Ready to Learn Programme you will be able to access more resources, ideas and activities through our dedicated parent area. To create an account please contact your child’s preschool who will provide you with an invite code and instructions noted in the setting tab area. Once you have an invite code please click here to create your account.

How every child can thrive by five (Molly Wright | TED and Minderoo Foundation)

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She's joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

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Parent/Carer Workshop: Brain Development in Babies & Toddlers

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14 Dec 2021


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On Friday 26th November at 11am Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent and The Voice  finalist, Leah McFall, will be....

23 Nov 2021


International Men's Day: Support for New Dads from the Mental Health Foundation

Today is International Men’s Day and an important opportunity to focus on men’s mental health. Men are less ....

19 Nov 2021


EA Seeking Public's Feedback on Special Educational Needs Information

  The Education Authority (EA) is seeking your views on the information provided on Special Educational Need....

28 Oct 2021


Nutrition Information Sessions - November 2021

All sessions are delivered by the Public Health Dieticians Group NI. You will have the chance to ask a registered dietic....

26 Oct 2021


Half-Term Outdoor Activities with National Trust NI

  Keep the Halloween half-term horrors at bay with our frightfully fun family days out. Gather up all your lit....

24 Oct 2021


Halloween Fun from Play Matters

"As the nights draw in and we approach Halloween we’ve compiled a list of fun Halloween activities for ....

21 Oct 2021


Parenting Week 2021

What is Parenting Week? Parenting Week is a celebration of the important role parents play in their children'....

14 Oct 2021


Parent-Infant Suite of Support

Are you a parent of an infant 0-6 months living in the Southern Trust Area? We would love you to join us for our Pare....

01 Oct 2021


ParentLine NI - Bounce Back - FREE Parent Workshops

“Do you find yourself in cycles ofnagging and bickering with partners andchildren? Are you fed up ‘fighting ....

24 Sep 2021

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