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.
Information to help parents support their pre-school child's development.
Ideas and activities to encourage your little one to be active both indoors and outdoors.
LET'S BE HEALTHY
Top Tips and advice on all aspects of your child's physical health such as keeping them active and eating well.
Fun games and activities to help pre-school children learn. When young children play, they are learning at the highest level.
Ideas and resources to promote play at home. Play is crucial to help young children learn and develop.
Idea and resources to encourage chatting and communicating with your pre-schooler.
Resources and tips to promote the importance of reading to children at home.
LET'S BE CONTENT
Information to help families support their pre-school child to be healthy and happy as they grow.
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Early Numeracy Skills
A printable version can be accessed here -
CLICK HERE FOR EARLY NUMERACY INFORMATION SHEET
15 May 2020
MAKING THE MOST OF FAMILY TIME DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
In this joint National Children's Bureau and Public Health Agency ....
05 May 2020
Today, Friday the 1st of May, is Pyjamarama Day! A day all about celebrating the magic of bedtime stories, sharing....
01 May 2020
Sesame Street has created a hub on their website called - CARING FOR EACH OTHER.
This new hub is full of videos....
27 Apr 2020
Stranmillis University - Ideas for Active Minds
PGCE Early Years students have compiled a list of great ideas and activities that you can do with young children wh....
17 Apr 2020
Let's Play with Bubbles
Playing bubbles is great fun but did you know that they also develop many skills in the pre-school child.
16 Apr 2020
Hungry Little Minds
Check out https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk you will find some short videos and simple, fun activ....
15 Apr 2020
Coronavirus - A book for Children
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school children. The book answers key questions in simpl....
10 Apr 2020
Reading to your child is one of the most important things a parent can do but with nurseries and playgroups closed child....
10 Apr 2020
Coronavirus - Play Matters More Than It Ever Did
Coronavirus has changed children's lives. Most are no longer attending nursery, seeing their friends or have access ....
09 Apr 2020