Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (NCCA, 2009), sets out a number of principles in relation to how children learn and develop in the early years (birth to age six. These principles might be considered to be the signature pedagogies for early childhood education and care. These fundamental principles are in three groups: children¿s lives (their
uniqueness as individuals, their rights as citizens, equality and diversity), their connections with others (relationships, the role of parents, family and community, the role of the adult) and a holistic approach to learning, which includes active learning, play, hands-on experiences, communication and language and a learning environment that is conducive to
enabling all of these. This holistic philosophy is a central and signature pedagogical approach in high quality early years care and education. Play and playful learning activities give young children opportunities to learn with and from their peers as well as from the adults around
them, parents, carers, early years educators: together they participate in a community of practice, as they develop young children¿s social and emotional skills as well as laying the foundation of literacy, numeracy and creativity. This poster presents abstracts from a selection of papers that have appeared in recent volumes of An Leanbh Óg, the OMEP
Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies, which I co-edit. The papers presented discuss various aspects of how children¿s learning can be facilitated in settings such as nurseries, infant classes and the home, and relate these to the principles of Aistear.