This website uses cookies. Cookies remember you so we can give you a better service online. By using this website or closing this message you are agreeing to our cookies notice. Cookies FAQs.

Latest Information


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 first please email for an Invite Code and then click here to create your account.


Siobhán O'Neill on Twitter

“I did a wee video for #WorldBookDay on some of Annabel’s favourite books (& why a love of books is one of the best gifts you can give your child). 💛🦄”

Showing 1 - 10 of 55


Action For Happiness - Active April & Family Activity Calendar

These Action Calendars have actions to help families look after their wellbeing together in challenging times. "....

01 Apr 2021


World Autism Awareness Week 2021

"This year’s World Autism Awareness Week (29 March – 4 April) feels more important than ever.....

29 Mar 2021


Easter Fun - Play Matters

As the days start to lengthen and ‘spring is in the air’ make the most of the outdoor environment and try to....

26 Mar 2021


Down's Syndrome Assocation: ONLINE TRAINING

      Down’s Syndrome Association are hosting a 90-minute online workshop, providing i....

10 Mar 2021


Exploring ASD with the Northern Trust

A selection of podcasts on autism for parents, carers and young people, provided by the Paediatric ASD Service of the No....

26 Feb 2021


FREE Online Courses for NI Parents!


26 Feb 2021


'Get Sensory' Packs - Apply Now

“Caudwell Children is excited to announce the launch of our Get Sensory Packs! We’ve listened to our familie....

12 Feb 2021


8 Ways To Help Children Struggling During Lockdown

This week (1-7th February 2021)  is Children's Mental Health Week  This past year has been incredi....

04 Feb 2021


Parent Workshops - January / February 2021

Parenting NI offer a range of parenting programmes throughout Northern Ireland to help you build on your skills and....

11 Jan 2021


Play Matters - Resources for Winter Fun!

PlayBoardNI have lots of resources and information to help make the winter months a little more bearable! Follow the....

05 Jan 2021

EA Logo
DE Logo