Essay on Learning and Early Childhood

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Title: The principals and themes of Aistear.

Terms of reference: This report is part of my communications Level 5 5N0690

Method of procedure: In this report I aim to outline the 12 principals and the 4 themes of Aistear.

Findings: Early childhood is a time of great opportunity for learning and development. In these early years children learn through love, trusting and respectful relationships and through discussion, exploration and play.
Aistear celebrates early childhood as a time of being, and of enjoying and learning from experiences as they unfold. This early learning lays important foundations for later learning. Aistear is the curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland; it
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Communication and language: Communication helps children learn to think about and make sense of their world. They communicate from birth using many different ways of giving and receiving information.

The learning environment: An inviting environment encourages and helps children to explore and to take into advantage of opportunities for fun, choice, freedom, adventure and challenge.

Aistear: the early childhood curriculum Framework presents children’s learning and development using four themes:

Well-being focuses on the developing as a person. It has two main elements: psychological well-being and physical well-being. Children’s relationships and interactions with their families and communities contribute significantly to their sense of well-being. They need to feel valued, respected, cared for and included. They become positive about themselves and their learning when adults value them for who they are and when they promote warm and supportive relationships with them. All these experiences help children to learn to cope with change and situations in which things go wrong. Physical well-being is important for learning and development as it enables children to explore, to investigate and to challenge themselves in the environment. A growing awareness of their bodies and