Quality – Aistear & Síolta Practice Guide



The rationale of the Practice Guide http://www.ncca.ie/en/Practice-Guide/  is to support practitioners in using Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009) and Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006) together to develop the quality of their curriculum and in doing so, to better support children’s learning and development. The Practice Guide can also be used for on-going review, development and improvement by individual practitioners.

The Practice Guide is based on the understanding that settings are compliant with, or are working to become compliant with The Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No. 2) Regulations (Department of Health and Children (DHC), 2006). The Practice Guide provides a range of resources included both in the guide and through the associated podcasts which can be used to support practitioners to critically reflect on their curriculum and to identify what works well.

The guide advises that services should begin with working on the 4 elements of Curriculum Foundations which are listed below.

  • Developing your Curriculum and Curriculum Statement
  • Principles including Rights of the Child and Practitioner Image of the Child
  • Themes of Aistear
  • Professional Practice

To assist childcare services in Getting Started using this guide, WCCC is running Getting Started using the Practice Guide Workshops across county Wicklow. These workshops focus on the 4 elements of Curriculum Foundations listed above.

The workshops will be held in the following venues:

  • Arklow Bay Hotel – 28th March, 7.30-9.30 pm
  • Blessington Education Centre – 4th April, 7.30-9.30 pm
  • Glenview Hotel – 1st June, 4 – 6 pm

If you wish to book a place on one of these workshops, please complete our online booking form.


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