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1 Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework Principles and Themes

2 22 Overview of presentation Purpose To introduce Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework To look in detail at the Framework’s  Principles  Themes

3 Aistear, a journey.... 3

4 44 For whom? Why? Aistear is for all children from birth to six years. can be used in the range of settings:  childminding settings  sessional services  full and part-time daycare settings  infant classes in primary schools  children’s own homes. helps children to grow and develop as confident and competent learners.

5 User Guide  Using Aistear alongside Síolta, the Infant Curriculum and the Child Care (Pre-School) Regulations Key Messages from the Research Papers  Summarising key points from research which underpin Aistear Principles and Themes – WHAT? Guidelines for Good Practice – HOW?  Well-being  Identity and Belonging  Communicating  Exploring and Thinking  Partnerships  Interactions  Play  Assessment Aistear - What’s in it? 5

6 Principles and Themes 6

7 Aistear’s 12 principlesprinciples Early childhoodConnections with others Learning and developing  Uniqueness  Equality and diversity  Citizenship  Relationships  The role of the adult  Parents and families  Holistic  Active  Play; hands-on experiences  Relevant and meaningful  Communication and language  Learning environment 7

8 Principle: Play and hands-on experiences Much of children’s early learning and development takes place through play and hands-on experiences. Through these, children explore social, physical and imaginary worlds. These experiences help them to manage their feelings, develop as thinkers and language users, develop socially, be creative and imaginative, and lay the foundations for becoming effective communicators and learners. 8

9 9  Play is important to me, and it is important for my learning and development. … Watch how I play, and see how you can support me.  Give me time and space to play with other children. When I play with them I learn about co-operation, about how to deal with conflict, about how others think and feel, and what different actions and things mean. … You can help me to learn … when we play together.  Provide me with objects, toys and equipment that reflect my own and others’ cultures. … Let me experience the different types of play …  Involve me in lots of meaningful, hands-on experiences in order to learn, to develop, and to become independent.... Principle: From the child’s perspective

10 10 Aistear’s themes Well-being Identity and Belonging

11 11 Aistear’s themes Exploring and Thinking Communicating

12 Presenting children’s learning and development through themes: a) dispositions b) skills c) attitudes and values d) knowledge and understandings 12

13 13 Children will  be strong psychologically and socially  be as healthy and fit as can be  be creative and spiritual  develop positive outlooks on learning and on life Theme: Well-being

14 14 Children will develop strong self-identities and feel respected and affirmed as individuals have a sense of group identity where links with their family and community are acknowledged and extended express their rights and respect the identity, rights and views of others see themselves as capable learners Theme: Identity and Belonging

15 15 Children will develop non-verbal communication skills use language with growing confidence and competence make sense of their experiences through language express themselves creatively and imaginatively Theme: Communicating

16 16 Children will develop increasingly complex strategies for observing, thinking, exploring, understanding, and problem-solving use symbolic representation learn about and make sense of the world develop a positive image of themselves as learners, and come to see themselves as explorers and thinkers Theme: Exploring and Thinking

17 Sample learning opportunities Each theme has ideas and suggestions for experiences and activities presents sample learning opportunities for 3 overlapping age groups Babies: birth to 18 months Toddlers: 12 months to 3 years Young children: 2½ to 6 years

18 Find out more National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) 24 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 W: and E:


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