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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 first please email grtl@eani.org.uk for an Invite Code and then click here to create your account.

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The Importance of Outdoor Play

As pupils return to schools across Northern Ireland, we wanted to share PlayBoard’s, new materials for primary sch....

02 Sep 2020

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Barnardo's School Well-being Booklets

"Becoming Trauma Aware through Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools" Whole school wellbeing i....

02 Sep 2020

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Northern Ireland Re-opening School Guidance

This guidance has been developed for pre-school education settings to support a safe, phased reopening in line with the ....

18 Aug 2020

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Padlet: Learning Resources for Irish Medium Settings

Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, sha....

18 Aug 2020

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START Healthy Eating Campaign

Making sure they're a healthy weight is one of the best things we can do for our children’s health. But a....

13 Aug 2020

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Updated Guidance on Playgroup Re-starts

The Northern Ireland Executive has authorised the re-opening of childcare but this will depend on the continued progress....

12 Aug 2020

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Coping with Covid-19 - What Just Happened?

What DID just happen? "Overnight our world has been turned upside down, or at least that’s what it may fee....

12 Aug 2020

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Save the Children's Lockdown Pack for Families

We have just come across a lockdown pack produced by Save the Children and have reposted as it is full of wonderful....

31 Jul 2020

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FANTASTIC PLAY IDEAS FROM PLAYBOARD NI

Playboard NI has created a fabulous bank of play ideas that could be carried out inside or outside.  We know that p....

10 Jul 2020

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POTTY TRAINING GUIDE FOR CHILDREN WITH ASD

Most parents start potty training because their child shows an interest in using the toilet. They want to be like their ....

01 Jul 2020

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