At Little Flowers Montessori, we offer a comprehensive curriculum. Children will follow a comprehensive Aistear curriculum combined with some other best practices and methods. The curriculum is based on the principles, aims and learning goals of Aistear.

Statement of Intent:

This program offers a variety of learning opportunities for children, which are best for the child’s development. We follow the Principle of Síolta and the new curriculum framework “Aistear”.

We know the importance of early childhood experience in children’s lives. Our curriculum aims to encourage creative learning, problem-solving, effective communication, and socialization. It gives children a good start that will be fruitful in their long run.

According to various studies, children learn best when they:

  • Participate in decision making.
  • Make their own choices and contribute to learning experiences.
  • Share their opinions and experiences and discuss their ideas.
  • Have positive role models.
  • Learn in a supportive and caring social environment.
  • Learn through multi-sensory experiences.
  • Participate actively in experiences that engage them physically, emotionally, and socially.

Our staff will ensure that all children experience a wide range of activities that develop them:

  • Physically
  • Intellectually
  • Linguistically
  • Emotionally
  • Socially

Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework:

What is Aistear?

The NCCA-National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in collaboration with early childhood sector has created Aistear, a framework for kids from birth to 6 years. This national curriculum forms goal, principles and themes that all early childhood services in Ireland work towards.

Who is Aistear for?

Aistear is intelligently designed to support early childhood experts, parents, and teachers in planning for enriching, challenging and enjoyable learning prospects for children. You can use the Aistear in different settings such as at homes, child-minding, daycare centres, and school settings.

Aistear in Action

Early Childhood developed an Aistear in Action programme to support practitioners to develop, guide, and improve their curriculum by using Aistear: the Early Childhood Framework.

The aim of Aistear

The goal of Aistear is to help every child to develop and grow as a competent, independent and confident learner. As per Aistear, early childhood and education must support every child’s sense of:

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

These are the four main objectives of Aistear, and it is suggested that they can be achieved through the contexts of play and reinforced by loving, learning relationships with peers.

In this way, it creates strong bonding between education and care in the early years and establishes the child’s right to a secure, inspiring, nurturing and play-based surroundings. You can view the full guide about Aistear Framework on the NCCA website.

The Education Journey

The Irish word “Aistear” means journey. As the name indicates, education and learning is a lifelong process that may take several different routes.

Therefore, the framework does not propose any single type of programme or curriculum. Instead, it creates the shared principles and themes which must reinforce whatever curriculum teachers and practitioners select to use.

Aistear at Little Flowers Montessori

Our curriculum follows the Aistear Principles and guidelines. Aistear is planned to work with the great variety of curriculum materials that are currently in use in early childhood settings.

By following the comprehensive learning goals of Aistear, we have modified our curriculum to make learning even more fun and rewarding for your children.

Aistear also contains information for parents and practitioners that help in forming a challenging yet entertaining learning experiences that allow children to grow as confident learners.

Aistear also defines the types of learning that are values and attitudes, dispositions, knowledge, skills, and understanding.

All these are vital for children, especially in the early years and offers suggestions as to how this learning can be encouraged. The Framework also includes guidelines on supporting children’s learning through partnerships with interactions, parents/guardians, play, and assessment.

Aistear depends on 12 Principles of learning and development. We have categorized them into three groups:

  1. Children and their early childhood:
  • Their uniqueness
  • Diversity and equality
  • Children as citizens
  1. Children’s links with others:
  • Relationships
  • Family, parents and community
  • The adult’s role
  1. How children develop and learn:
  • Inclusive development and learning
  • Active learning
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Meaningful experiences
  • Language and communication
  • The environment of learning