curriculum frameworks

Aistear is the Irish word for ‘journey’. It is the new curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years in Ireland. We follow this curriculum to ensure that our children grow and develop as confident and competent learners. Aistear uses four themes that connect and overlap with each other to outline children’s learning and development.

These themes are:
1. Well –being
2. Identity and Belonging
3. Communicating
4. Exploring and Thinking

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Síolta is the Irish word for ‘seeds’. It is the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education in Ireland. It is a quality assurance process which addresses all aspects of practice in our centre. Síolta promotes continuous quality improvement and planning. It supports us in providing quality early education to the children in our care.
Using Síolta helps us to recognize elements of our work that are successful, as well as identifying areas which need attention and improvement. There are 16 standards of quality that we must meet.

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