We recognise

that children are learning from conception and develop in their own time and at their own pace. We understand and recognise that all children are strong, competent and unique. We acknowledge that children are creative and independent thinkers, great problem solvers and communicators who learn and grow through play. 


Holistic learning and development involves all areas of development and embraces a view of the whole child developing in the context of family, home and community. We understand that young children do not learn in discrete units; they make connections across their learning with these connections changing and developing with new experiences. The Aistear Curriculum Framework uses themes such as Well-being, Identity and Belonging, Communicating and Exploring and Thinking to present children’s early learning and development. It offers a way of moving from thinking about learning and development in discrete developmental domains to thinking about these in a more holistic and integrated way. Consequently, Stepping Stones approach to learning and development supports children’s learning and development in a way which is natural and enjoyable for young children.