Síolta – The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education?

What is Síolta?

Síolta is a quality framework for all services working with children 0 – 6 years of age in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in Ireland. Published by the CECDE in 2006, it provides a framework to guide the reflection and enhancement of quality in all ECCE services. It is designed specifically within an Irish context and for use within all ECCE services regardless of curriculum or approach (for example Childminding, Montessori or Play based approaches)

What is Síolta made up of?

Síolta is made of several elements including an Introductory Handbook, User Manual and CD ROM. Other materials available include a poster outlining the principles of quality and an information leaflet for parents.

The Introductory Handbook outlines background information on Síolta such as the context and characteristics of the overall framework.

The User Manuals are presented in 4 variations to encompass all types of service provision within the Irish ECCE sector including “Sessional Services”, “Infant Classes”, “Full and Part time Daycare” and “Childminding”. All User Manuals include the 12 Principles and 16 Standards of Síolta.

The 12 Principles of Síolta are identical in all 4 manuals as they guide the under pinning values of quality practice regardless of service type. They are:

Principles of Síolta

  1. The Value of Early Childhood
  2. Children First
  3. Parents
  4. Relationships
  5. Equality
  6. Diversity
  7. Environments
  8. Welfare
  9. Role of the Adult
  10. Teamwork
  11. Pedagogy
  12. Play

The 16 Standards, relate to various aspects of service delivery and are further broken into sub sections called “Components”. While the Standards are the same in all User Manuals, some of the components may vary slightly in order to suit each type of service.

Standards of Síolta

  1. Rights of the Child
  2. Environments
  3. Parents and Families
  4. Consultation
  5. Interactions
  6. Play
  7. Curriculum
  8. Planning and Evaluation
  9. Health and Welfare
  10. Organisation
  11. Professional Practice
  12. Communication
  13. Transitions
  14. Identity and Belonging
  15. Legislation and Regulation
  16. Community Involvement

Síolta Resoures & References – links to PDF’s

For more information visit www.siolta.ie

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