11 Jun 2018
Elements of the Early Years Learning Framework
“All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.” This is the vision that the Council of Australian Governments wants to realise for all Australian. To achieve this, the Australian government partnered with the education sector and early childhood academics to create a guide for educators. This partnership yielded the Early Years Learning Framework.
What is the Early Years Learning Framework?
The Early Years Learning Framework is a guide to early childhood educators to create early education programmes that can maximise children’s potential and lay the foundation for their future. The goal is to transform young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and in the future, active and informed citizens.
At the core of the Framework are three concepts that relate to a child’s life—belonging, being, and becoming. A sense of belonging is about creating a meaningful relationship to others. A sense of being is about acceptance for what one is. A sense of becoming refers to change and understanding different situations.
What are the elements of the Early Years Learning Framework?
The Framework is composed of three elements that are essential to the creation of early childhood curriculums. These are Principles, Practices, and Learning Outcomes.
The Framework’s principles reflect research about the way children learn with the aim to guide them towards achieving the EYLF Learning Outcomes. Here are the five principles of the EYLF.
Secure, Respectful And Reciprocal Relationships. Educators’ positive interactions with children by being empathetic to their thoughts and feelings support the development of their well-being.
Partnerships. The EYLF recognises that educators need to work in partnership with families and the community to achieve the EYLF learning outcomes.
High Expectations And Equity. Early childhood educators believe in the potential of children to succeed. Holding high expectations for their learning achievement can help bring out that potential.
Respect For Diversity. Educators honour the culture, values, and traditions of families and recognise the richness that they bring to society.
Ongoing Learning And Reflective Practice. As educators develop learning communities, so to should they become co-learners with the children, the families, and the community.
Early childhood educators promote and develop children’s learning by:
1. adopting holistic approaches
2. being responsive to children
3. planning and implementing learning through play
4. intentional teaching
5. creating physical and social learning environments that have a positive impact on children’s learning
6. valuing the cultural and social contexts of children and their families
7. providing for continuity in experiences and enabling children to have a successful transition
8. assessing and monitoring children’s learning to inform provision and to support children in achieving learning outcomes
EYLF Learning Outcomes
The Framework recognises that children learn in a variety of ways. The complexity of learning is reflected in the following learning outcomes.
1. Children have a strong sense of identity
2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
4. Children are confident and involved learners
5. Children are effective communicators
How will the Framework help my child?
The Framework is used as a basis for curriculum decision-making in early childhood education. Educators will work with you to get to know your child and devise a learning program that fits your child’s interests and abilities. The Framework will also help educators determine and plan your child’s progress. Finally, educators will be able to prepare a detailed information about your child’s learning and development that future teachers can use to continue what they have started.
Kinda-Mindi early learning and childcare centre uses the Early Years Learning Framework as a guide to realising the potential of your child. To know more about how our educators use the Framework, send us your inquiries using our contact page or visit our early learning centres. Kinda-Mindi childcare centre locations include Castle Hill, Kellyville North, Glendenning and child care Kellyville.