The Early Years Learning Framework

Belonging, Being, Becoming

The Early Years Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is the overarching framework in which all early childhood education and care services base their programs and learning around within Australia.

The EYLF has been established collectively in conjunction with state & territory governments, the early childhood sector and early childhood academics.

The EYLF is a guide for educators to use in conjunction with families to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. The EYLF also recognises that children learn through play.

Belonging – implies there is a sense of belonging that can occur in cohesion with a child’s family, community, culture and place

Being – signifies that importance of childhood and allows children to ‘be’

Becoming – alludes to the sense of identity, learning and development children form which shapes who they will be as adults.

Play and relationships are fundamental to the EYLF. Play is the work of babies and children. This is how they learn to understand and explore the world around them. Educators create programs that support children’s right to play and understand that play is how they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create.

Relationships are key to children’s participation in a program. It is pivotal for educators to form trusting relationships with children as well as foster relationships of children with their peers. Children learn best when they have secure relationships with caring adults.

They EYLF is based on 5 core outcomes:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well being

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

The Early Years Learning Framework requires a collaborative and cohesive relationship between care settings and families in order to be functional. Clear communication around your child’s learning and development ensures consistency and continuity between home and care.

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Melinda Williams

Melinda Williams, mother of 3 children and Education & Inspiration Mentor at Fit Kidz Learning Centres.

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