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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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Coronavirus - Play Matters More Than It Ever Did

Coronavirus has changed children's lives. Most are no longer attending nursery, seeing their friends or have access ....

09 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....

09 Apr 2020

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Play Matters, Parent Guide to Play

Play Matters, Parent's Guide covers all aspects of play for children from the age of 0 right through to 18.&nbs....

09 Apr 2020

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Easter Fun

This Play Matters leaflet was designed in 2019 but most of the ideas can be adopted for lockdown.  The activities c....

09 Apr 2020

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My Day - Visual Timetable

Children thrive in routine, they enjoy knowing what is happening next.  Planning and keeping to a routine will give....

09 Apr 2020

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Playing with Items Around the Home

Your home is full of things that can be used for play.  An old handbag, cardboard boxes, pots and pans can provide ....

08 Apr 2020

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Short Story Book for Young Children on Covid-19

This lovely short book was created by Manuela Molina to support and reassure young children around the world about Covid....

08 Apr 2020

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20 Activities for 20 Days

This document will give you lots of ideas for fun, play-based activities for your pre-school child.  All of th....

08 Apr 2020

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