Realt Na Mara Realt Na Mara Pre-School and After-School Club

Free School Year

with Realt Na Mara Pre School

Pre School in DundalkRealt Na Mara Pre-School and After-School Club will be offering places for children on the ECCE scheme from January 2010.

This scheme aims to provide one year of free pre-school education to every child in Ireland aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year. The scheme will commence on 1st January 2010 and children, who on 1 January 2010, are aged between 3 yrs 7months and 4 yrs 10 months, will be eligible.

Realt Na Mara Pre-School and After-School Club are registered for the ECCE Government Scheme. Please contact us to book your free pre-school place for January 2010.

To participate in the scheme we will be operating from the Siolta National Quality Framework and the Aistear Framework developed by the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment)

The Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (CECDE) launched Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education in 2006, and it is based on 12 Principles and Standards.

The Aistear Framework views children as unique individuals who are active, capable and competent learners in their communities, learning through play, relationships and language and through everyday experiences. The Framework recognises the importance of experiences which respond to children’s interests, strengths and needs, and emphasis’s the adult’s crucial role in supporting early learning and development

The Aistear Framework is based on the belief that all learning is connected and that different aspects of children’s learning and development often take place at the same time. So instead of looking at individual developmental domains, the Framework uses four broad themes that are linked to one another. These themes are

  • Well-being
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Communicating
  • Exploring and Thinking.

This Framework begins with a set of principles which highlight how children learn and develop. Using the themes of Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating, and Exploring and Thinking the Framework will focus on developing children’s:

  • Skills like walking, climbing, cutting, writing …
  • Dispositions like curiosity, concentration, resilience …
  • Attitudes and values like respect for others, positive attitudes to learning and to life ...

Understanding/knowledge like developing a sense of colour and shape, place, learning that words have meaning, how things work …

The Framework will also give suggestions for how adults can develop their practice. These will be presented in guidelines on

  • interacting with children
  • developing partnerships with parents and families
  • using play to support learning and development
  • assessing children’s progress and planning for the next steps in their learning and development.

How will the Framework for Early Learning link with Síolta?

The Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (CECDE) launched Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education in 2006. Síolta and the Framework for Early Learning both support adults in improving the quality of children’s early experiences. The Framework for Early Learning, as its title suggests, will support children’s early learning and development. It will do this by providing advice, information and tools to help adults develop their practice particularly in the areas of curriculum, partnership with parents and families, interactions, and play. By doing this, the Framework will help settings meet a number of the standards set out in Síolta.

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