What is Síolta?
Síolta is a quality framework for all services working with children 0 – 6 years of age in the
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in Ireland. Published by the CECDE in
2006, it provides a framework to guide the reflection and enhancement of quality in all ECCE
services. It is designed specifically within an Irish context and for use within all ECCE services
regardless of curriculum or approach (for example Childminding, Montessori or Play based
What is Síolta made up of?
Síolta is made of several elements including an Introductory Handbook, User Manual and CD
ROM. Other materials available include a poster outlining the principles of quality and an
information leaflet for parents.
The Introductory Handbook outlines background information on Síolta such as the context and
characteristics of the overall framework.
The User Manuals are presented in 4 variations to encompass all types of service provision
within the Irish ECCE sector including “Sessional Services”, “Infant Classes”, “Full and
Part time Daycare” and “Childminding”. All User Manuals include the 12 Principles and 16
Standards of Síolta.
The 12 Principles of Síolta are identical in all 4 manuals as they guide the under pinning values
of quality practice regardless of service type. They are:
Principles of Síolta
1. The Value of Early Childhood
2. Children First
9. Role of the Adult
The 16 Standards, relate to various aspects of service delivery and are further broken into sub
sections called “Components”. While the Standards are the same in all User Manuals, some of
the components may vary slightly in order to suit each type of service.
Standards of Síolta
1. Rights of the Child
3. Parents and Families
8. Planning and Evaluation
9. Health and Welfare
11. Professional Practice
14. Identity and Belonging
15. Legislation and Regulation
16. Community Involvement