Research Reports

Aistear in Action initiative: Final report A collaboration between NCCA and Early Childhood Ireland (2013)

In 2011, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and Early Childhood Ireland began a curriculum development initiative based on Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework – Aistear in Action. The initiative gathered practitioners’ stories of their experiences using Aistear to develop and enrich the curriculum they provided for children during the pre-school year. It was hoped that these stories would, in turn, provide important insights into the process of curriculum change and development within early childhood services, and in this way, support other services in using Aistear. This final report, published in 2014, outlines the rationale for the initiative, its design and its outcomes, and highlights important messages about supporting and enabling curriculum change across the early childhood sector    

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Quality through Professionalisation: Local Evaluation of the Tallaght National Early Years Access Initiative, Dr. Mareesa O’Dwyer and Marlene McCormack Early Childhood Ireland (2014)

In January 2014, Early Childhood Ireland was commissioned by the Tallaght National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) consortium to undertake an evaluation of the Tallaght NEYAI. This report presents the findings of the research that was undertaken between January 2014 and August 2014.  

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