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Getting Ready to Learn

2018 Application Process

Application Process – Academic Year 2018-19’

Are you a DE Funded Pre-school wanting to improve parental engagement?

500 DE Funded Pre-school settings are participating in Getting Ready to Learn this year, to engage parents more effectively, helping them to create and sustain positive home learning environments.

Funding is available to help settings establish programmes and support will be provided by the Getting Ready to Learn team, during the application process and throughout the year!

How to get involved

Application forms are now downloadable on our website for September 2018-19. 



Application deadline: 27th April 2018.

Please visit the Getting Ready to Learn website for more information:

Sunnylands Nursery School

Welcome to Getting Ready To Learn, which is part of The Early Intervention Transformation Programme.

The Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) is a Northern Ireland Executive/Atlantic Philanthropies Delivering Social Change Signature Programme, funded jointly by the Delivering Social Change fund, DoH, DoJ, DfC, DfE and the Atlantic Philanthropies. EITP aims to improve outcomes for children and young people across Northern Ireland through embedding early intervention.

The GRtL project seeks to support pre-school education providers with DE-funded places to encourage and develop parental involvement in children’s early learning. It is focused on improving outcomes for children in pre-school by engaging and empowering parents to help them create and sustain positive home learning environments. #

For more information on The Early Intervention Transformation Programme, visit 


 Settings can apply for funding to support delivery of between one and four themes, which have been identified as particularly relevant to parents’ of pre-school children: 

GRTL - Big Bedtime Read, Small

Big Bedtime Read focuses on supporting parents to read regularly to their children at bedtime and on encouraging good bedtime routines. It also aims to increase parents' awareness of reading opportunities throughout a young child’s day.


Education Works in pre-school focuses on increasing parents understanding of the pre-school curriculum and the importance of play. Through this theme, setting will provide guidance to parents to support their child’s learning at home.


Happy Healthy Kids focuses on raising parents’ awareness of the importance of physical activity. Through this theme, settings will provide guidance to help parents increase the amount of time children spend on physical exercise and encourage reduced screen time at home.


Ages and Stages focuses on raising parents’ awareness of developmental milestones for 3-4 year olds, helping them to recognize their child’s achievements and next steps in learning. Through this theme, settings will provide guidance for parents to help them support the development of specific skills at home.




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