TinyLife Education Support
The ‘TinyLearners’ Award raises awareness of the impact of prematurity on development and learning. Supporting pupils who have been born prematurely or who start life in a neo natal unit, to reach their full educational potential.
‘TinyLearners’ Award Programme is funded and supported by the Department of Education NI to enhance the skills and training of our professionals in schools across NI, strengthening the links between health and education.
The programme enables educational settings to provide a learning experience that works for their setting and pupils who have been born pre-term and their families, creating a supportive culture and awareness of their birth story and potential support needs throughout their educational journey.
‘TinyLearners’ provides educational settings across NI with the opportunity to support children in their classroom, empowering futures, one TinyStep at a time, and to make a real impact in educational underachievement in NI.
The programme is FREE to participate in and can be completed within your existing school processes and timeframes.
What does my school need to do?
To achieve the ‘TinyLearners’ Award settings will commit to working through a 4-step process:
Staff in your setting will undertake training to:
Create a welcoming child centred culture within the workplace, where staff, families and children have access to policy and procedures that supports every child’s educational journey. To support this, you will:
Empower parents, educators, and children to speak out and highlight challenges that they face with educational barriers and seek support to advocate for children on their educational journey.
By committing to completing the 4-step process in your own timeframe, working them into your own school’s routines and practises, you are Empowering futures, one TinyStep at a time!
Sign up now and pledge for your setting to achieve the ‘TinyLearners’ Award.
TinyLife’s School Liaison Officer will work in partnership with you to support you equip your staff with the knowledge and skills to support children in their classroom who have been born prematurely to reach their full potential.
If you would like to learn more about the ‘TinyLearners’ Award, please contact, Catherine Black, School Liaison Officer, via email at Catherine.email@example.com or telephone on 07562691726.