The Eager and Able to Learn Programme aims to impact on two year old children's eagerness and ability to learn by supporting their physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development in group settings and in partnership with parents at home.
A particular emphasis is placed on physical movement focusing on what we know about two year old children as "whole bodied learners" and that physical activity provides a more natural context for children of this age to develop their social, cognitive and language skills.
Prior to the implementation of the Eager and Able to Learn Programme a base line study was carried out on the characteristics and experiences of two year olds in Northern Ireland. The Eager and Able to Learn Programme has been subject to a randomised controlled trial and a qualitative evaluation in 54 settings including Sure Start and full Day Care settings. Results from this study will be available in early 2012.