National Síolta Aistear Initiative


The National Síolta Aistear Initiative (NSAI) was established in 2016 to support central, coordinated roll out of Síolta and Aistear the national quality and curriculum frameworks. The initiative is a collaboration between DES, DCYA, Better Start and NCCA. Two National Development Officers support the work of the initiative-a National Síolta Development Officer and a National Aistear Development Officer. Please see for further information on the NSAI.


In January 2019, a National Síolta Aistear implementation office was established in Better Start to provide central coordination of the work of the initiative. The National Síolta Development Officer will be co-located within this office and the Early Years Education Policy Unit (DES).


In 2018, a working group comprising of members from NSAI, NCCA, EYEI and Better Start was convened and developed a new CPD programme for the early learning and care sector, entitled ‘Aistear and Play’.


Aistear and Play’ consists of 5 individual workshops (2 and a half hours each) and two onsite support visits with an early years mentor to support application of learning. This element of the NSAI will be delivered by Better Start National Early Years Quality Development from March 2019 to a limited number of early learning and care settings. Please see below more information on Aistear and Play and an expression of interest form for those interested in applying. For any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


1.       Information leaflet on Aistear and Play.

2.       Details of locations and dates of workshops.

3.       Aistear and Play expression of Interest form.