The Early Years Learning Framework is part of the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) reform agenda for early childhood education and care and is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. It underpins universal access to early childhood education and has been incorporated in the National Quality Standard with a vision that: “All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation” (Belonging, Being & Becoming pg5). The Early Years Learning Framework was developed to assist educators to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning through play. Fundamental to the Early Years Learning Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
The practice of the Early Years Learning Framework involves educators drawing on a rich repertoire of educational practices to promote children’s learning by:
The framework focuses on your child’s learning. Educators will create a learning program that builds on your child’s interests and abilities, and keep you in touch with your child’s progress.
Through the Framework’s five learning outcomes educators will assist your child to develop:
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
Outcome 2: Children are connected to and contribute to their world
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
Outcome 5: Children are effective learners
You will see these outcomes reflected in the documentation of the work that the children do at the centre.
We believe that by creating a home like environment, it allows the children to feel comfortable within his or her surroundings and creates a trust between the children and educators. We invite you to take a look around our centre by visiting the gallery.