Quality supports are offered to early year’s services and practitioners in a number of ways including accessing both accredited and local training which supports professional development and support visits by our development team.
All training provided is linked to the National Quality Frameworks of both Síolta and Aistear and to the requirements for pre-school inspections under Regulation 5 of the Pre-school Regulations. These frameworks guide practitioners in their practice ensuring quality learning experiences are provided for the early year’s child.
Better Start provides a Quality Development Service to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) providers. It achieves this by using Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and AistearThe National Early Years Curriculum Framework.
Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
Síolta is a quality assurance process which addresses all aspects of practice in early childhood care and education services. It is designed to support practitioners to develop high quality services for children aged birth to six years and is relevant to all settings where children spend time out of their home environment. Detailed information on Síolta can be found www.siolta.ie
Aistear, the Framework for Early Learning
Aistear, the Framework for Early Learning supports practitioners and parents in planning for and providing enriching, challenging and enjoyable learning opportunities for children from birth to six years. The aim of the Framework is to help every child to grow and develop as a competent and confident learner within loving and nurturing relationships with adults and peers.
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Move from a “Notification” to “Registration” System
All childcare services that were previously “notified” to the HSE were deemed “registered” to TUSLA Child and Family Agency which has taken over many of the functions of the HSE including Preschool Inspection and child welfare and protection.
The new Child Care Regulations (the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016) which will come into effect on a phased basis from 30th June 2016. The new Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school.
The revised Regulations were prepared following the amendments to the Child Care Act 1991 which were made under the Child and Family Agency Act 2013, and which were required to underpin a number of key reforms to the sector to improve quality standards http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/publications/20160504EarlyYearsRegs2016.pdf.