What is the Early Years Learning Framework?
The Early Years Learning Framework is a National Early Learning Framework for children from birth to five years. As the early years are a vital time for children to learn and develop, the framework has been developed to ensure your child receives a quality educational program. Educators will use the framework in partnership with families to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. We also recognise that children learn through their play. The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
- Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationship they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just ‘be’ – time to play, try new things and have fun.
- Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience.
Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become. Through the Framework’s five learning goals educators will assist your child to develop:
- A strong sense of their identity
- Connections with their world
- A strong sense of wellbeing
- Confidence and involvement in their learning; and
- Effective communication skills
Our centre also offers an extensive School Readiness program and a specialised bilingual (Mandarin) program based on the Framework. 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. We aim to guide your child in becoming an effective learner through creating an environment that is challenging and stimulating. The overall aim of our programs is to help your child in developing all areas necessary for success now and in later years. Our Mandarin learning program is play-based, using music, drama, arts and language used in everyday routines.
Watching Your Child’s Progress
Using the Early Years Learning Framework educators will observe your child’s learning so they can build on it and plan the next steps. They will do this by listening, observing and talking to your child. Each child will have their own portfolio or collection of learning. This may contain photos and children’s work to show what your child is learning. This learning journey is available for you to view at any time on your parents app.
Your child’s room will also show on-going learning through daily journals/books, photographs, project work, learning stories and a program documenting the day’s progress.