Introducing Aistear



Aistear Toolkit

Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys.

The framework can be used as a guide in planning learning experiences in sessional, full and part-time daycare settings, infant classes in primary schools and childminding services. It can also be used by parents in children’s own homes. A range of resources are provided on this page to provide general information on Aistear including information sheets and a presentation on what Aistear is


Aistear in Action initiative


Read the final report on the Aistear in Action initiative to find out how 24 practitioners used Aistear to develop a fun, engaging and exciting curriculum for children during their pre-school year.

Introduction to Aistear


Presentation with audio



Poster shows Aistear's Themes

Principles and themes


Presentation with audio


Activities on Aistear's Themes


Printable activities to help you become more familiar with Aistear's Themes.

Principles and themes


Powerpoint presentation


Aistear and the Infant Curriculum: A comparison


Slide show comparing Aistear and the infant curiculum

Moving to an emergent curriculum


Practitioner describes using a curriculum based on children's emerging interests to support their learning and development.