Curriculum Foundations

Curriculum Foundations consists of six fortnightly interactive workshops introducing concepts that are further explored in the Animating Aistear and Nurturing Interaction phases.  Curriculum Foundations is underpinned by the common principles of Aistear and Síolta and the theories of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Reflective Practice.  Each workshop comprises a set of learning aims and objectives specific to early years practice and participants identify personal practice goals following each workshop.

Throughout the Curriculum Foundations stage the Early Years Mentors provide one to one mentoring and coaching support to assist participants to set and accomplish goals and embed new learning into practice.

The Curriculum Foundations workshops introduce and explore the following areas:

  • Professional Identity
  • Young Children’s Developing Brain
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Relationship based practice
  • Principles of Aistear and Síolta
  • Pedagogical Leadership for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing

On completion of Curriculum Foundations participants create their vision for professional practice collectively and bring this vision to life in the next stages of SFL, Animating Aistear and Nurturing Interactions.

Contact Details

Jelena Simic

Early Years Programme Coordinator

Phone: 087-921-5435 Email:

Katie Cluskey

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Phone: 087-177-5964 Email:

Claire Maguire

Early Years Mentor

Phone: 0877384037 Email: