Children learn through play. Children learn and develop cognitive skills (the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses), physical abilities, new vocabulary, social skills and literacy skills

Play is healthy. 

Play helps children grow and develop.

Play is more than meets the eye.  

Play is simple and complex.  

There are many types of play solitary, parallel, cooperative.

Play and learning go hand in hand. They are not separate activities.  They are intertwined.

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 http://www.cypsp.org/early-intervention-transformation-programme/


During the early years of your child's life, just spending time doing everyday activities with them can make a big difference to how well they do in school. By playing, talking, reading and counting with your little one, you'll not only both have fun, you'll help them learn new skills and give them the best start in life.



Preschool Curriculum (PEAGs Guidance CCEA-Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment)


This will take you to the refreshed Curricular Guidance for Preschool Education. 

The guidance outlines the range of learning opportunities which children of this age and stage of development should have through play and other relevant experiences. It is used by staff to plan, review and develop the best practice in early learning and development across the six areas of learning and to promote good practice in a well-balanced play-based curriculum. 

This curricular guidance is used by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) when evaluating the quality of provision and the outcomes for learners in all pre-school settings.