About Little Angels Childcare & Playschool
At Little Angels Childcare we are committed to providing a safe, meaningful and stimulating learning environment, where the children play an active role within the service, their family and wider community. Through our emerging and enquire based curriculum the children are given equal opportunities to play. They have access to and engage in developmentally appropriate activities, irrespective of culture, language, abilities, gender or financial background. Through first hand experiences the children will become active participants in their own learning, thus enhancing their overall holistic development. We acknowledge early childhood as being a significant and distant time in which each child must be nurtured, respected, valued and supported.
We believe our curriculum promotes independence, social skills, confidence, self-help skills and problem solving among children. These are vital skills that support children through their life and into their future. These skills help them to be competent and confident learners.
Aistear is Ireland’s Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. Aistear was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and describes children’s learning using four themes.
Well Being: children are confident happy and healthy
Identity and Belonging: children have a positive sense of who they are, develop a sense of their culture and heritage and feel valued and respected as part of a family and community.
Communicating: Children share their experiences, thoughts and ideas and feelings with growing confidence and competence in a variety of different ways and for different purposes
Exploring and Thinking: Children make sense of the things, places and people in their world.
All children learn through various play and educational experiences which gives them the opportunity to explore, expand their imagination and understanding of the world around them. Children learn to interact with others positively and understand what is positively accepted in society. They learn about their environment and their community and respecting other children and adults.
Adults consistently encourage and reinforce positive behaviours throughout the day through praise and role modelling. Some experiences are adult-led and some are child-led following through on children’s ideas, requests and interests. We believe in the positive effects of outdoor play for children’s wellbeing and physical health. Outdoor play creates opportunities for children to communicate and interact with their peers in a more relaxed environment.
Learning Outcomes for Children
- Language and communication
- Problem solving
- Making choices and decisions
- Social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Health and well-being
- Creativity, art and music
- Science and maths