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Síolta- The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education

Siolta

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. Click on the logo to go directly to the Síolta website.

 

Aistear Siolta Practice Guide (ASPG)

The purpose of the 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  ASPG  includes a range of resources to help practitioners to critically reflect on their curriculum and to identify what works well. Additionally, the resources can help practitioners to identify priorities for development and to plan actions for positive change. In this way, the Practice Guide can be used for on-going review, development and improvement by individual practitioners, practitioners working together and by practitioners supported by a mentor. Click on the logo to go directly to the website.

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Transitions

The Aistear-Síolta Practice Guide defines a transition as ‘the process of moving from one situation to another and taking time to adjust’. The ASPG highlights that it is important to consider that transitions are a significant milestone in a child’s life and to consider that transitions are a significant milestone for children’s parents/carers also.

All transitions are significant for a child. Transitions can be big or small. They can occur throughout the day (e.g. transitioning from one activity to another, transitioning from indoors to outdoor , transitioning from activity to nap-time, etc) as well as larger transitions such as transitioning from home to ELC, transitioning between rooms, transitioning from pre-school to primary school.

Further information on supporting transitions can be found at Transitions

Transitioning from preschool to Primary school Hints and Tips on Supporting your Child’s transition from Pre school to Primary school