Early Intervention Transformation Programme

The Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) is a NI Executive / Atlantic Philanthropies Delivering Social Change Signature Programme, funded jointly by the Delivering Social Change fund, the departments of Health, Education, Justice, Communities and Economy and the Atlantic Philanthropies. The programme aims to improve outcomes for children and young people across Northern Ireland through embedding early intervention approaches.

Getting Ready to Learn Programme

There are various Workstreams under the EITP and the Department of Education (DE) leads the Getting Ready to Learn (GRtL) element of Workstream 1. 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.  

The Education Authority (EA) is responsible for managing and implementing GRtL, including the application process.  Further information on GRtL can be found on the EA GRtL website

This short video summarises the positive impact and outcomes of the Getting Ready to Learn programme to date.

Getting Ready to Learn programme video

3+ Review

The 3+ Review is a collaboration between health visitors, pre-school education providers and parents. The Review links with the pre-school curricular guidance providing parents and practitioners with valuable information that can be used to support a child’s development.   The information also enables early identification of needs and where necessary appropriate referral to support services.  

The Public Health Agency leads on the implementation of the 3+ Review, in partnership with Department for Education and the Education Authority.  The Review is on track to reach its target of 60% of children in DE-funded pre-school education settings by the end of the 2018/19 academic year. 

The guidance below has been developed for pre-school education teachers and leaders, to maximise the potential of health and education working collaboratively to improve outcomes for children and to support the planning and delivery of the 3+ Review by the named health visitor in partnership with pre-school education settings and parents/carers.

3+ Review Guidance for Pre School settings 2018


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