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The Aistear programme has been in full swing in Ms. Judges Senior infant Class for 3 months and they are really enjoying it. The children have worked through 3 themes, The Garden centre, The Post office and The Restaurant. Each session lasts approxuimately 45 minutes and the children work in different designated areas (Socio dramatic, Construction, Small world, Sand/Water, Junk art/ Art). We aim to incorporate activities within these areas connected with our theme whilst also meeting curriculum needs.


What is Aistear?

Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others. Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding) that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning might be nurtured. The Framework also provides guidelines on supporting children’s learning through partnerships with parents, interactions, play, and assessment.

In supporting children’s early learning and development Aistear

  • identifies what and how children should learn, and describes the types of experiences that can support this
  • makes connections in children’s learning throughout the early childhood years and as they move from one setting to another
  • supports parents as their children’s primary educators during early childhood, and promotes effective partnerships between parents and practitioners
  • complements and extends existing curriculums and materials
  • informs practice across a range of settings, disciplines and professions, and encourages interdisciplinary work.

Principles of early learning and development

Aistear is based on 12 principles of early learning and development. These are presented in three groups:

1. The first group concerns children and their lives in early childhood:

  •  the child’s uniqueness
  • equality and diversity
  • children as citizens.

2. The second group concerns children’s connections with others:

  •  relationships
  • parents, family and community
  • the adult’s role.

3. The third group concerns how children learn and develop:

  •  holistic learning and development
  • active learning
  • play and hands-on experiences
  • relevant and meaningful experiences
  • communication and language
  • the learning environment.

What the children say!!!!!

Ms. Judge asked her kids what they enjoy most about Aistear, here are some of their answers;

  • Making Chef hats- Leo
  • Serving in the restaurant- Darragh, James
  • Sand play- Ciara
  • Making and selling the flowers in the garden centre- Clodagh, Adam
  • Small world- Charlie
  • Making cards to sell in the Post Office- Carrrie
  • Stamping letters- Alex
  • The Gazeebo- Ryan C
  • Making stamps and wrapping paper in the post office- Heidi
  • Being the Post women- Khloe
  • Everything- Amber, Liam, Conor

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