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Questions anyone?

Updated : 04 May 2020

Hopefully you will find the answers to your questions here. If not, why not send us an email using the form at the bottom of the page.

1 What funding is available for GRtL and what does it include?

Some funding is available to enable settings to establish practice, for example, purchasing resources for home-lending packs and guidance material. The funding is specifically aimed at enabling settings to engage with parents: therefore funding will not be available to purchase generic pre-school equipment, or IT hardware/software.

For further information on the amount for each theme, please see the Framework for Funding.

2 Who is eligible to apply?

All settings delivering the NI Pre-School Education Curriculum in the 2020/21 academic year to target-age (3-4) children, namely:

  • Nursery schools
  • Nursery units within primary schools
  • Private or voluntary settings with PSEP places
  • Primary schools may also apply if they are delivering the NI Pre-School Education Curriculum to pre-school children in a reception class
  • Special schools

3 When will settings receive the funding?

Settings will be informed of the outcome of their application and the amount they have been awarded by the end of September 2020.

Funding will be allocated to settings in October 2020 and must be spent in full by the 31 March 2021.

4 What is the deadline for applications?

Application forms must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 16th September 2020. Please email your form to:

5 Will there be help available to develop the themes?

Yes, guidance and resources to help practitioners prepare for and deliver sessions will be provided by EA online. Your setting will be able to register and log in to our support section once your application has been approved. Local cluster groups will also be facilitated as the programme progresses to provide opportunities for training and dissemination of effective practice. The Getting Ready to Learn Team is always available to provide advice via

6 If we already do work with parents are we eligible for funding?

Getting Ready to Learn provides an opportunity to build on existing good practice, incorporating new elements or extending in ways not possible without additional funds. However, it is important that there is no duplication of funding so contact the Getting Ready to Learn team for advice if needed.

7 What are the key benefits for parents' involvement of the programme?

Getting Ready to Learn with help support parents to find out more about:

  • how children develop, including attachment and brain development;
  • the importance of parent-child relationships for the child's development and behaviour;
  • the importance of childhood education and learning; and
  • the importance of healthy lifestyles and diet.

8 Can the setting use the funding to pay for external facilitators?

Funding should not be used to pay for external facilitators. The aim of Getting Ready to Learn is to build the capacity of staff within pre-school settings to engage effectively with parents, Therefore Early Years' practitioners are required to deliver the workshops / sessions in their setting based on their own expertise and experience of delivering the NI Pre-School Education Curriculum.

9 How will applications be assessed?

All applications for funding will be assessed by an application panel. The panel will include DE officials, EA officers, school managing authorities and representatives from health.

10 How will Getting Ready to Learn be monitored and evaluated?

Settings are required to submit a baseline at the start of the programme (October) and follow-up monitoring at the end of the year (May).

Settings will also be required to submit a financial record by the end of March 2021.

11 I don't know if I have been approved?

Please keep an eye on your emails - this will be our main form of communication. We hope to communicate with all settings by the end of September.

If you have not hear anything by the 9th of October, please get in touch with the Getting Ready to Learn Team via email -

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