The Early Years Learning Framework is a National Early Learning Framework for children from birth to five years. This framework has been developed to ensure that children, in their early years, are exposed to a high-quality learning framework, that provides measurable and quality educational outcomes, for all. As families are children’s first and most influential educational resource early childhood educators will use the framework in partnership with families to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. There is also a strong focus on children learning through their play.
The vision that characterises the Early Years Learning are three central concepts. The 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 to seek and make meaningful connections to the world around us and its diverse environs.
Becoming is about a child creating their own identity through their early relationships in early childhood. It harnesses the idea that children’s identities are formed and shaped by their many varied learning experiences, both formally and informally. It acknowledges that a child forms their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
Through the Framework’s five learning outcomes educators will assist your child to develop:
- A strong sense of their identity
- Connections with their world
- A strong sense of well-being
- Confidence and involvement in their learning; and
- Effective communication skills
Using the Early Years Learning Framework educators will observe your child’s learning on a continuum and will allow parents and educators to monitor and build on these early educational outcomes and plan the next steps. Educators will do this by listening, watching and talking to your child. Each child will have their own, unique, 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. 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.
First Steps Learning Academy also offers an extensive School Readiness 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 as it provides 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 program is to help your child in developing all areas necessary for success now and in later years.