Early Years Curriculum

Our Curriculum:

  • Aistear
  • Siolta
  • Montessori
Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.

The purpose of Síolta is to enhance all elements of early years practice while Aistear focuses exclusively on children’s early learning and development. The Care & Education Academy implement Siolta & Aistear in the daily programme of Activites in the service. Where Siolta and Aistear are implemented together and supported by appropriate resources, this  presents significant potential to support the development of practice for all adults who care for and educate children and to ultimately benefit children attending the service.
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A copy of the weekly curriculum plan is available in each room. Themes are changed monthly, each room has long term goals which they aim to achieve with the group throughout the year. Individual observations are recorded and shared with parents

Staff plan the weekly activities based on observations so each plan suits the age and stage of development of the children in the group.

Montessori - A background

The Montessori method is an educational approach to children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952). It arose essentially from Dr. Montessori's discovery of what she referred to as "the child's true normal nature" in 1907, which happened in the process of her experimental observation of young children given freedom in an environment prepared with materials designed for their self-directed learning activity.
The method itself aims to duplicate this experimental observation of children to bring about, sustain and support their true natural way of being.
Applying this method involves the teacher in viewing the child as having an inner natural guidance for his or her own perfect self-directed development. The role of the teacher (sometimes called director, directress, or guide) is therefore to watch over the environment to remove any obstacles that would interfere with this natural development. The teacher's role of observation sometimes includes experimental interactions with children, commonly referred to as "lessons," to resolve misbehavior or to show how to use the various self-teaching materials that are provided in the environment for the children's free use

Montessori Curriculum at the Care & Education Academy

Montessori is the curriculum framework for children from over 3 years. The main idea of Montessori is simply treating every child with respect, giving them the freedom within the limits of a carefully structured environment, and allowing them to develop naturally at their own pace. The focus is on the development of the whole child by providing manipulative materials that are organized and made available to children for independent use stimulating their natural instincts and interests for self-directed learning.
The main areas in Montessori are:

  • Practical Life material - provides children with opportunities to develop self-confidence, self-discipline and life skills.
  • Sensorial material - enhances the child’s ability to judge different dimension’s while also stimulating the senses.
  • Language, Math’s, Culture provide opportunities for the child to develop their language, problem solving, ability to match quantity with numerals, understand the decimal system and enlarge the child’s knowledge of the cultural world.

Through the Montessori curriculum children develop social relationships through free interaction, concentration, motivation and social maturity.

We hold annual parent teacher meeting so we can share your child’s learning journey with you.

ECCE scheme

The Early Childhood Care & Education Scheme (ECCE) provides one year of free pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year. The ECCE Scheme was announced by the government in April 2009 and commenced in January 2010.

What is the free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)?
The ECCE is a scheme designed to give children access to a free Pre- School Year of appropriate programme-based activities in the year before they start primary school. Participation in a pre-school programme provides children with their first formal experience of early learning, the starting-point of their educational and social development outside the home. Children who avail of pre- school are more likely to be ready for school and a formal learning and social environment.

Will my child be eligible?
To avail of the free pre-school year in September 2013, children must have been born between 2 February 2009 and 30 June 2010.

Please contact us to enrol your child’s FREE place!!

There is more info on the ECCE scheme on the DCYA website