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


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Stranmillis University - Ideas for Active Minds

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Let's Play with Bubbles

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Hungry Little Minds

Check out you will find some short videos and simple, fun activ....

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Coronavirus - A book for Children

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10 Apr 2020


Free Access to eBooks, Audiobooks and eMagazines

The restrictions surrounding COVID-19 has resulted in libraries throughout Northern Ireland closing. Libraries N....

10 Apr 2020


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Nurturing Your Child's Mental Health Through Play

Play Matters leaflet on nurturing mental health through play helps us understand why play is crucial to children's h....

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Play Matters, Parent Guide to Play

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