What is Aistear?
* Aistear is the new curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. * It gives information to help adults plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners. * Aistear describes the types of learning that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions for how this learning might be nurtured. * The framework also provides guidelines on aspects of early childhood practice.
Who is Aistear for?
Aistear is for practitioners (all those working in a specialized manner with children) and parents. Aistear can be used in
* Schools (mainstream and special schools)
* Child minding settings
* Full and part-time daycare settings
* Sessional settings
* Children’s own homes
Aistear is based on 12 broad principles and 4 themes.
1. Well being
2. Identity and belonging
4. Exploring and thinking
Each theme has sample learning opportunities, which makes this curriculum very accessible. These samples aim to be easily adaptable to suit every individual child’s needs.
Aistear aims to give practical ideas and suggestions for using different types of play to extend children’s learning, to provide a range of strategies to interact with children, a continuum of methods to assess children’s learning and plan for the next steps.
Aistear guidelines aim to offer lots of learning experiences that show how a practitioner might help children work towards the learning goals within the four themes. Some of these learning experiences focus on supporting children with special educational needs.
The emphasis within Aistear seems to be on play and from my experiences on my placement I can see how vitally important play is in the social physical and mental development of a child. I find the non-traditional, more holistic...