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Preparing for Big School

Helping Your Child Learn Through Play

The National Curriculum and Play

The Irish and Junior Infant Curriculum is based on Aistear.  Aistear is national curriculum framework for children aged birth to six years.  Play is at the center of this framework.   

The power of play

Your child learns and develops by playing.  For your child to get the most from play the play needs to be child directed.  This means that your child decides what and how they play, and you follow their lead.

You can use play to prepare their child for the transition to primary school in advance .  Click on the links below for more information:

Early Childhood Ireland: The Importance of Play

Aistear Siolta

NCCA Tipsheet on Play for Young Children


NCCA Supporting Your Child’s Play

What Play Means to Me’ A Childs Perspective

Video – Incredible Years Parents and Toddlers Programme