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Dundela Infants' School Belfast

About Getting Ready to Learn

17th Nov 2021

The Getting Ready to Learn (GRtL) programme seeks to support preschool education settings with DE-funded places to encourage and develop parental involvement in children's early learning to ensure maximum parental contribution at a crucial time in children's early brain development.

The project has been based on research and evidence of best practice in parental engagement. Account has also been taken of the results of an online survey with health and education practitioners and workshops with parents. All of the findings concluded that parents would benefit from knowing 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.

We currently do 3 key themes:

  • Happy Healthy Kids
  • Ages & Stages, 3-4
  • Big Bedtime Read