Síolta – The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education?
Síolta is a quality framework for all services working with children 0 – 6 years of age in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in Ireland.
Published by the CECDE in 2006, it provides a framework to guide the reflection and enhancement of quality in all ECCE services. It is designed specifically within an Irish context and for use within all ECCE services regardless of curriculum or approach (for example Childminding, Montessori or Play based approaches)
What is Síolta made up of?
Síolta is made of several elements including an Introductory Handbook, User Manual and CD ROM. Other materials available include a poster outlining the principles of quality and an information leaflet for parents.
The Introductory Handbook outlines background information on Síolta such as the context and characteristics of the overall framework.
The User Manuals are presented in 4 variations to encompass all types of service provision within the Irish ECCE sector including “Sessional Services”, “Infant Classes”, “Full and Part time Daycare” and “Childminding”. All User Manuals include the 12 Principles and 16 Standards of Síolta.