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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.

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Tiny Happy People - Help develop your little ones’ communication skills.

For activities & advice visit

21 Feb 2022



Stages of Early Years Language Development

Stages of Early Years Language DevelopmentCheck out this great illustration highlighting some of the main stages of earl....

04 Feb 2022



Parent/Carer Workshop: Brain Development in Babies & Toddlers

Please note: this is not a practitioner course

14 Dec 2021


BBC Tiny Happy People are running two free virtual Stay & Play sessions this November

On Friday 26th November at 11am Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent and The Voice  finalist, Leah McFall, will be....

23 Nov 2021


Support for New Dads from the Mental Health Foundation

Men are less likely than women to talk about their mental health; but help, support and advice is out there.



EA Seeking Public's Feedback on Special Educational Needs Information


The Education Authority (EA) is seeking your views on the informati....

28 Oct 2021


Nutrition Information Sessions - November 2021

All sessions are delivered by the Public Health Dieticians Group NI. You will have the chance to ask a registered dietic....

26 Oct 2021


Half-Term Outdoor Activities with National Trust NI


Keep the Halloween half-term horrors at bay with our frightfully fun family da....

24 Oct 2021



Halloween Fun from Play Matters

"As the nights draw in and we approach Halloween we....

21 Oct 2021



Parenting Week 2021

What is Parenting Week?

Parenting Week is a celebration of the important role paren....

14 Oct 2021

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