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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 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.

How every child can thrive by five (Molly Wright | TED and Minderoo Foundation)

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She's joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

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ParentLine NI - Back to Basics

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Aware NI - Wellbeing Programmes

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Education Restart: Information for Parents and Carers from The Chief Medical Officer

The Department of Education has recognised that many parents and carers will be worried and possibly anxious abou....

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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


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


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


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


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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