Aistear is the Irish early years curriculum framework designed specifically for early years practitioners, parents and infant class teachers to assist with planning and implementing appropriate learning experiences for children from birth to 6 years of age. It is designed for use in all early childhood care and education settings including the home, crèche, nursery, play-schools, pre-schools (for example, High-Scope, Montessori or Froebel approaches), Naíonraí and Infant classes.
The 2 main parts of Aistear are 1) Principles and Themes and 2) Guidelines for Good Practice. Other elements to Aistear include The User Guide and Key Messages from the Research Papers
Aistear is based on 12 principles presented in 3 groups which are crucial to and underpin early learning and development. They are:
Children and their Lives in Early Childhood
Aistear moves away from the compartmentalised view of early learning such as Physical, Intellectual, Emotional development etc and approaches learning from a more holistic way. The themes describe what children develop and learn such as dispositions, attitudes, values, skills, knowledge and understanding.
Guidelines for Good Practice:
Building Partnerships Between Parents & Practitioners
Guidelines For Good Practice
Learning & Development Through Interactions
Learning & Developing Through Play
Supporting Learning & Development Through Assessment
Principles & Themes: