The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education

Infant Classes

Standard 8: Planning and Evaluation

Enriching and informing all aspects of practice within the setting requires cycles of observation, planning, action and evaluation, undertaken on a regular basis.

Component 8.1 | Component 8.2 | Component 8.3 | Component 8.4

Component 8.1 - Each Standard area of practice is reviewed regularly through appropriate and tailored processes of observation, planning, action and evaluation.

Signposts for Reflection


What types of review processes are appropriate to each of the 16 Standards specific to Síolta?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Person-centred review
  • Structural review
  • Resource review
  • Evidence and documentation
  • Change management review
  • External review process


How often do you undertake reviews within the practice categories of the Standards?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Daily/weekly/monthly
  • Term/annual
  • Rolling review


What aspects of the Standards require more frequent review than others?

Component 8.2 - The setting has established and documented review structures.

Signposts for Reflection


What review structures are in place in your classroom/school?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Time management
  • Team/staff/management meetings
  • Inputs from parents and children
  • Self-review
  • Supervision and appraisal
  • Progress reports/Cuntas Míosúil
  • Evidence and documentation
  • External evaluation/audits

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Component 8.3 - There is a mechanism in place to ensure that review processes lead to changes in practice.

Signposts for Reflection


When change is indicated by the review process, how is that change incorporated into practice?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Responsibility for incorporating change
  • Responsibility for overseeing change

Component 8.4 - The outcomes of review structures and processes are recorded, stored and shared, as appropriate.

Signposts for Reflection


How do you document your review processes?

Think about (e.g.)

  • Review templates
  • Curriculum/programme planning notes
  • Records of decisions
  • Minutes of meetings
  • Practice diaries
  • Evaluation reports
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs)


How do you ensure that records are stored and shared appropriately, ensuring confidentiality? See 10.6 See 12.2 / 12.3

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