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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