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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

Out of print



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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