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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment


Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework celebrates early childhood as a time of being, and of enjoying and learning from experiences as they unfold.

The Framework

Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It provides information for adults to help them plan for and provide enjoyable and challenging learning experiences, so that all children can grow and develop as competent and confident learners within loving relationships with others. Aistear describes the types of learning (dispositions, values and attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding) that are important for children in their early years, and offers ideas and suggestions as to how this learning might be nurtured.

You can find the full Aistear curriculum framework here.

Print copies of Aistear (available in English and Irish) are for sale through Government Publications by calling 01 647 6834 or emailing . Each copy costs €5.00, postage is free.

For resources and supports in planning using Aistear click here 

How it was developed

Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework was developed in 2009, in partnership with the early childhood sector. Practitioners, children, parents, people in education and training, researchers, and policy makers worked together to ensure that Aistear builds on practice in early childhood settings and is informed by research.

The NCCA’s partnership with the early childhood sector involved a number of activities.

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