Through training and mentoring, we support early years educators to:
- Use Aistear to develop their curriculum
- Enhance the quality of their teaching
- Provide an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum
- Improve outcomes for children
Aistear is the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
Our early years quality mentor provides formal training and on-site professional development for early years educators that includes:
- Presentations and workshops
- Observation and feedback
- Regular opportunities for reflective conversations
Over time settings are supported to:
- Use Aistear’s guidelines for good practice to develop and enhance their curriculum
- Create a curriculum statement to make children’s learning visible to parents and other visitors to the setting
- Adapt and improve the learning environment
- Understand and use Aistear’s planning and assessment tools and methods
High quality early years education has been shown to have positive benefits for children’s learning and development.
“The children are much more involved in planning of activities as I now use their interests for large and small groups. I also use the camera to document the children’s learning and interests and I find parents are much more involved as showing them their child’s learning portfolio and learning journal brings learning to life.”
“I learnt so much, I really enjoyed it. Planning, small groups and paperwork is lots more fun and child led now.”
“All the mentors were great and very easy to understand, very supportive and positive. I learnt lots of new skills and have a lot more confidence.”
“I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about Aistear and how it relates to our day to day activities. All the children are much more involved and the parents are more interested in individual learning portfolios. I use smaller groups and use the camera more to capture the children’s learning and development”.