Quality Projects

The National Síolta Aistear Initiative

The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI) has been developed to provide central support and coordination of Síolta and Aistear implementation across the early childhood sector. Two national coordinators are in situ to coordinate implementation of both the Aistear and Síolta strands of the initiative. The coordinators are working in close collaboration to provide central direction and oversight of Síolta and Aistear.

Under the Aistear strand, 10 hours of workshops together with onsite mentor support visits were piloted across the country between January and June 2017. Clare County Childcare Committee (CCC) was delighted to be part of this pilot, with seven Clare early years services participating.

Clare CCC would like to say a big THANK YOU to all those practitioners who completed the national Aistear pilot. Your engagement and commitment to the pilot from start to finish is commendable. Your subsequent feedback of the pilot was incredibly valuable to its overall national evaluation. This pilot is currently under review; it is envisaged that this Aistear strand of the NSAI will be available from late 2018.

In the interim, Clare CCC have developed a six month Aistear programme. We are delighted to be currently working with eight early years’ services towards implementation of Aistear, over the coming months. This programme consists of 5 workshops where each workshop is followed by onsite mentoring to support implementation of the Aistear curriculum framework in practice.

Ongoing Training Available To You

Under the Síolta strand Clare CCC will continue to offer short 2.5hr workshops for early years practitioners.   These are open to all practitioners working in practice. You will continue to receive emails with upcoming dates for the following:

• The Síolta Aistear Introductory Workshop provides an overview of the two national early year’s frameworks, Síolta and Aistear, and the online support tool, the Aistear Síolta Practice Guide.
• The Aistear Síolta Practice Guide workshop will give you a taster of what the Practice Guide is, and the resources available within it
• Síolta Awareness Raising Workshops


Please click on the link below for information on Better Start - The National Early Years Quality Development Service:



Step by Step Guide to becoming a Professional Childminder:

The Step by Step Guide is an invaluable tool for all childminders who care for children in their own home, assisting childminders to plan and organise their childminding service. For childminders caring for 3 or less children, it will enable them to meet the requirements to voluntary notify their childminding service to the Clare CCC. 

This pack  provides detailed and practical information and easy to follow guidelines to becoming a Childminder and covers  areas such as tax relief, appropriate policies and procedures, health and safety awareness, insurance, Garda vetting, notification, a flexible daily routine, training etc.

The pack is available from the Clare CCC offices.

Clare CCC offices: 065 6864862