This framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey.
A child's early learning development marks the beginning of his or her lifelong learning journeys.
Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework celebrates early childhood as a time of being, and of enjoying and learning from experiences as they unfold.
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:
■ 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
The aim of Aistear is to help every child to grow and develop as a competent and confident learner.
Ultimately, according to Aistear, early childhood care and education must support a child’s sense of:
Identity and Belonging
Extract from NCCA http://www.ncca.biz/aistear/
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