All pre-school settings, both statutory and voluntary and private settings with funded places, are expected to adhere to the ‘Curricular Guidance for Pre-School Education’. The refreshed curricular guidance for pre-school education outlines the range of learning opportunities which children of this age and stage of development should have through play and other relevant experiences. It should be used by staff to plan, review and develop the best practice in early learning and development across the six areas of learning and to promote good practice in a well-balanced play-based curriculum.
This curricular guidance is used by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) when evaluating the quality of provision and the outcomes for learners in all pre-school settings.
The guidance was published on the CCEA website on 5 June 2018. CCEA plans to formally launch the guidance in August 2018, when hard copies will be available.