Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework

Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others. Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge, andunderstanding) that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning might be nurtured.

The framework describes children’s learning and development using four themes:

  • Well-being
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Communicating
  • Exploring and Thinking.

Find out more in Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework

Duagh Childcare follow the national quality framework for care and education, Síolta.

Síolta has 12 principles which have been agreed in consultation with the early childhood sector. The principles of Síolta are the core values that guide the way we work in early childhood care and education services. They guide how we organise our services, how we relate to children and families, to each other, the content of what we teach and the way in which it is taught.

For more information visit the Siolta website:

Síolta has 16 standards that guide the way we provide and develop early childhood care and education services. These range from the Rights of the Child to Legislation and Regulation.

Each standard is broken down into components and questions that help us to reflect and think about improvements we could make.

The 16 Standards:

> Rights of the Child
> Environments
> Parents and Families
> Consultation
> Interactions
> Play
> Curriculum
> Planning and Evaluation
> Health and Welfare
> Organisation
> Professional Practice
> Communication
> Transitions
> Identity and Belonging
> Legislation and Regulation
> Community Involvement

Our Location

Duagh Childcare,
Duagh Family Centre,
Co. Kerry

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