Play is at the centre of early learning and care in Ireland. Play is recognised as being a child’s way of making sense of the world. It is how they learn and develop.
Aistear is the national curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. It focuses on the importance of play. Aistear describes how children learn and develop through four main areas:
Aistear can be used in:
You can learn more about Aistear through this tip sheet for parents from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The tip sheet is also provided in several languages, click here for more details.