In your journey to find your child the best yearly learning centre, you may have come across the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Along with high-quality care, health and safety, and other factors, a curriculum to aid in your child’s development is important.
What is the Early Years Learning Framework?
The Early Learning Framework for Australia was developed and implemented in 2009 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
It was created to assist educators, in childcare settings, “to provide young children opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning”.
The COAG’s vision was that “all children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation”.
As stated in the title of the framework, EYLF has three main themes:
The framework ensures that children in all early childhood education across Australia (except Victoria which has a separate framework) experience quality learning. With a focus on play-based learning, this framework covers communication and language, and social and emotional development in children aged 0-5 years.
EYLF was also created with parents in mind so they can work in conjunction with their child’s educators to aid in their child’s development.
What are the outcomes?
The EYLF has 5 outcomes for children aged 0-5:
- 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
EYLF recognises that children are intrinsically connected with their communities, culture and family, and aims to aid children to create strong relationships with these elements.
Ultimately, the EYLF ensures that “all young Australians become:
- Successful learners
- Confident and creative individuals
- Active and informed citizens”
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