During your time in early education and care you will hear many educators talk about the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and even see it referred to in the documentation of your child’s learning and in the program in each of the rooms. There is a reason for this – the EYLF is the basis for everything we do!
The EYLF is based on conclusive national and international evidence as to the importance of early childhood and was developed in 2009 as a result of the Council of Australian Governments to assist educators in providing young children with opportunities to maximise their learning and providing a foundation for future success. It ties in with the COAG vision that “All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.”
“Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world” – EYLF
The EYLF carries three main themes which you may see displayed in the Kids Club centres – Belonging, Being and Becoming.
We believe in providing an environment in which children, families and educators develop a sense of belonging, in which they are allowed to ‘be’ and are given opportunities for them to become successful lifelong learners. These three themes are central to how we interact with your children, to the environment in which your children play in, to how we have meals together and plan for future learning experiences.
“Knowing where and with whom you belong is integral to human existence” – EYLF
The EYLF is made up of learning outcomes, principles and practices which educators use in their documentation of children’s learning and in their reflection and planning.
There are five learning outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
In reading through the learning outcomes, it is easy to see how these are lifelong goals for children. As an adult, we are still sometimes working on these learning outcomes! The educators use these outcomes to plan for children’s learning and this is reflected in the half-yearly and end-of-year developmental summaries.
Educators are also guided by the principles and practices of the EYLF which include:
- Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
- High expectations and equity
- Respect for diversity
- Ongoing learning and reflective practice
- Holistic approaches
- Responsiveness to children
- Learning through play
- Intentional teaching
- Cultural competence
- Continuity of learning and transitions
- Assessment for learning
As you can see, the EYLF provides the educators with a framework for which they operate under. There are terms in the learning outcomes, principles and practices which you will hear educators talking about and using in the documentation. The EYLF supports a model of curriculum planning as an ongoing cycle that implies working in partnership with families.
So, what does this mean for your child? As a team of educators, we are committed to implementing the EYLF into our daily practices and using the principles to guide our decision making. Your child, therefore, is being given opportunities to develop in each of the five learning outcomes and to promote a lifelong love of learning.
There is also a framework for school-aged children called My Time Our Place although that’s a discussion for another time!
For more information, go to https://www.education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework-0
Suzy Scott, NSW Area Manager
Kids Club Early Childhood Learning Centres
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