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Síolta is the national quality framework for early childhood care and education in Ireland.


Síolta establishes 16 quality standards that all early childhood services should work towards.

It has 2 very important functions:


  • It guides the way all early childhood care and education services work and develop in Ireland.

    It does this by establishing core principles to which all services must adhere and by guiding service providers and practitioners towards quality practice in all areas of service provision.


  • Síolta also serves as a self-assessment Quality Assurance Programme. Services participating in this programme work through all 16 standards of Síolta towards achieving high quality and accreditation.



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