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NSAI – Aistear & Play CPD

Posted by Administrator on February 20, 2019

If you’re interested in taking part in the first round of CPD you better get your skates on and put in your expression of interest form as the first workshop is in the week of the 12th of March 2019

‘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 follow this link for more information about 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.

National CPD Funding:
Approval has been granted to fund CPD payments to early learning and care practitioners who complete the Aistear & Play CPD. This is an extension of the initial pilot payments scheme which began in 2018 for Hanen and Lámh training programmes. A bursary of €13 per hour for up to 12.5 hours will be paid to services for each staff member who completes this training.’

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

To Apply: Please fill out the expression of interest form and email it to by Thursday 28th February 2019.

  1. Information Leaflet on ‘Aistear & Play’
  2. Details of locations and dates of workshops
  3. ‘Aistear & Play’ expression of interest form



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