Implementing Aistear and Síolta

The Canavan Byrne team can support your Childcare business in the implementation of Aistear and Síolta. Call us on (+353) 1-623-5908
Our Services
  • Tailored designed training to raise awareness of practices within your service linking directly with Síolta and Aistear
  • Development of your policies and procedures to ensure compliance in this area
  • On-site practical support in the implementation of Aistear and Síolta. This can take place in your facility and is tailored to your service
  • Support in the area of your staff's Continuous Development

What is Síolta?

Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education, was developed by the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.

Síolta is designed to define, assess and support the improvement of quality across all aspects of practice in early childhood education and care services. Through quality interactions and experiences children's early education will be enriched, parental relationships will be supported and enhanced, staff will be inspired and motivated. Operating practices such as policies and procedures, health and safety will be of a high standard and meet legislative and compliant standards. Since December 2008, the Early Years Education Policy Unit, in the Department of Education and Skills, has been responsible for the implementation of Síolta.

What is Aistear?

Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey. It provides information to help Early Years Practitioners, to plan for and provide enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experiences that will allow all children grow and develop as competent and confident learners.

Aistear describes the types of learning experiences that are important for children in early childhood, and offers lots of practical ideas and suggestions. Aistear can be used in Early Years setting regardless of the curriculum on offer.

Aistear can be linked with Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006). By using Síolta as a self-reflection tool to review and develop your early years practice, Aistear can help you work towards a number of the standards in Síolta such as curriculum, environments, identity and belonging, partnership with parents, interactions and play.