The centre uses the Aistear curriculum which describes learning and development through four interconnecting themes. Adults in the child’s environment support children’s learning through four themes with learning goals for each theme. Partnership with parents is a huge part of our service. Everything in the centre, from the layout of our rooms to our curriculum, and our staff training plan supports children’s development. Each week childcare workers plan activities to support the learning goals for each theme. Activities are developmentally appropriate and based on children’s interests as well as the overall centre curriculum. As we continue to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic some toys and equipment have been removed from the shelves for safety reasons and children may not bring in items from home.
Children are split into groups or pods as per government guidelines and the same staff are assigned to the same group of children as far as is practical during the day. Each group of children use different equipment and different toilets to other groups and hand hygiene is a huge part of the curriculum.