The Department of Education and Skills has a key role in supporting quality within the Early Years Education sector and works closely with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (D/CYA). Working with agencies funded by the D/CYA, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) produced an Aistear-in-Action toolkit
which is a resource for use in early years settings showing how the Aistear themes of Wellbeing, Identity and Belonging, Exploring and Thinking and Communication translate into practice.
Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
The Department of Education and Skills’ policy in relation to early years education is to raise the quality of provision in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings. As part of this, the Department funded the development of Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.
is designed to support practitioners to develop high quality services for children from birth to six years and is relevant to all settings where children spend time out of their home environment. The final report
on the implementation of this phase of Síolta was published in December 2013.