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Implementing quality childcare in childminding settings

Aistear Síolta Practice Guide

The purpose of the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide is to support those working with children including Childminders 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. Aistear describes the types of learning that are important for children in their early years and is designed for use in a number of different early years’ settings, including childminding services. Síolta is designed to define, assess and support the improvement of quality across all aspects of practice in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings where children aged birth to six years are present, including childminding services. Further information on https://www.aistearsiolta.ie/en/introduction/

Aistear Síolta Practice Guide


Resources for childminders

Barnardos have developed a series of E-books specifically for childminders coving a range of topics including language development, partnership with parents, providing for play, settling in and developing relationships, stories and storytelling and understanding children behaviour. These books along with many other resources are available free of charge from Barnardos. https://shop.barnardos.ie/collections/free-ebooks?page=1