Observing children, documenting and reflecting on these observations will help the early years’ educator tune in to the emergent interests of children. A child-led curriculum relies on ongoing assessment of what the children do, say and make and this will help you to plan for more relevant and appropriate learning experiences. Ongoing self-assessment and conversation also enables you to reflect on past and current learning experiences so that you can adapt and improve. Aistear focuses on the child’s individual strengths, abilities and interests in order to plan for and enhance their future learning and development.
Our curriculum planning resources support this framework and will assist you in planning and assessing your ongoing work with children. Our curriculum plans are not prescribed templates, they are a bank of curriculum ideas that can be used to respond to children’s needs in a spontaneous inquiry-based manner.