The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has developed Aistear, a curriculum framework for children from birth to six years of age. This framework establishes principles and themes that are relevant in early childhood education and all early childhood services in Ireland work towards these principles and themes. Aistear was devised to support parents, early childhood practitioners and teachers in planning and providing enriching and enjoyable learning opportunities for children. Emphasising the fact that most children learn a number of different things at the same time, the Framework uses four themes to describe children's learning and development: these themes are, Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating, and Exploring and Thinking. Aistear highlights the importance of play and the role of play, in relationships and language in young children's learning. In doing this, it provides a guide to using play, interactions, and partnerships with parents, and assessment to help children progress in their learning and development. In doing this, it provides a guide to using play, interactions and partnerships with parents and assessment to help children to progress in their learning and in their development. - See more at: http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Early_Childhood_and_Primary_Education/#sthash.wYiffawr.dpuf
Each theme in Aistear has different ideas and propositions for experiences. By incorporating the first theme, into early childhood education, which is the theme well-being: children in the setting will be strong not only socially but also psychologically. The children will also acquire positive viewpoints on learning and on life. The second theme is identity and belonging which assists children to develop self-identities and feel sustained as individuals. The children will also be able to view themselves as capable learners. The third theme is the theme of communicating it will encourage and assist children to develop non-verbal communication skills; they will also begin to be able to express themselves creatively. The fourth and final theme is exploring and thinking, this theme will enable children to use symbolic representation, this will help them learn about and make sense of the world and the environment around them. They will also develop a positive image of themselves as learners. (www.ncca.ie)
The focal point of well-being is developing as an individual. The key two rudiments of well-being are psychological well-being which involves feeling and thinking, and also physical well-being. Children require to feel respected, cared for and also included. Expressing themselves creatively and experiencing a spiritual element in life enriches the children’s sense of well-being. Life is full of struggles and full of challenges. Being flexible and having a positive outlook at learning and at life is vital. All of these experiences assist children to become resilient and resourceful and learn...