Early Years Practice

Unique book integrating the theory and principles of the curriculum framework Aistear, together with the quality standards of Síolta, to provide a context for everyday practice in early years settings.

  • Unlocks links between Aistear and Síolta providing a clear direction for combined effective use.

  • Defines key competencies from Síolta by exploring the four themes of Aistear.

  • Uses examples from Aistear and Síolta to expand on and illustrate key aspects of best early years practice.

  • Strengthens understandings of what constitutes good practice.

  • Introduces reflective practice as a means of raising the quality and effectiveness of practice within early years settings.

  • Draws on research to highlight the effects of quality practice on the development and education of young children.

  • Encourages reform for more effective and rewarding early years practice.


Written For:

Students taking certificates, diplomas and degrees in early childhood education and practitioners working in the field of early childhood education and care

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Publication Date

May 2013




Paperback, 224 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


Chapter 1 Considering Practice in Early Years Settings
Chapter 2 Understanding Early Years Practice
Chapter 3 Pillars of Practice: Introducing Síolta and Aistear
Chapter 4 Well-being
Chapter 5 Identity and Belonging
Chapter 6 Communicating
Chapter 7 Exploring and Thinking
Chapter 8 Reflecting on Practice


234 x 155 mm


By Nóirín Hayes

Availability Status

Out of print

Prof. Nóirín Hayes is a developmental psychologist and early years specialist. She is a former senior lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Director of the Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER). She is the author of Early Childhood, co-author of Engaging Young Children, and has produced a number of reports and articles on practice and policy in early childhood education and care.

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