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Síolta is the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.
Síolta is designed to define, assess and support the improvement of quality across all aspects of practice in early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings where children aged birth to six years attend.
Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland.
It describes learning and development through the four interconnected themes of Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating, and Exploring and Thinking.
Four sets of guidelines, focusing on different aspects of pedagogy, describe how the adult can support children’s learning and development across these themes.
The guidelines focus on
- building partnerships between parents and practitioners
- learning and developing through interactions
- learning and developing through play
- supporting learning and development through assessment.
Aistear Síolta Practice Guide
The purpose of the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide (NCCA, 2015) is to support practitioners in using Aistear
The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (NCCA, 2009) and Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (CECDE, 2006) together to develop the quality of their practice and in doing so, to better support children’s learning and development.
The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI)
The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI) was established in 2016 to support the coordinated roll-out of Aistear
The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.