Capable, Confident, and Curious
The Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework
Influences In Its Development
Importantly, the framework picks up a theme that’s been promoted throughout the early learning and school education sectors – problem solving, experimenting and inquiry. The framework emphasizes this, says Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Professor Emerita of Education, Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass. USA.
What’s driving the framework is to make early childhood education “accessible, affordable and inclusive”. The provincial government has pledged $35M over three years to early 2021 for the sector to create 100+ childcare sites and improve subsidies for parents, too.
The framework is broken up into these sections:
- A Vision for Children’s Learning
- Nova Scotia’s Families, Communities and Cultures
- Principles of Early Learning
- Practice in Early Learning
- Learning Goals and Objectives
- Learning Strategies
It encourages educators to build on their current practice to “extend and enrich children’s development, learning and care”. Here’s how you can do it:
- Respond to children’s interests, abilities and curiosity in planning and creating early learning environments
- Ensure those environments reflect the communities where children live, their family and culture backgrounds and languages
- Scaffold children’s knowledge with new experiences
- Consult and collaborate with professional peers to reflect and critically examine your practice
- Communicate with parents, guardians and your peers
- Identify and pursue ongoing professional development
The final framework was released in early Spring 2018. However, it is a living document that will continue to be reviewed and refined. There will also be a separate Indigenous Early Learning and Care Framework co-developed with Indigenous people.
Educa has the Nova Scotia Early Learning Framework integrated as a curriculum option.
Licensing Requirements, Quality Matters
Quality Matters (QM) is a province-wide assessment program that will be used to determine eligibility for funding for licensed child care centres, directly linked to meeting specific outcomes in the following:
- Compliance with licensing regulations,
- Meeting conditions attached to grants received, and
- Program Quality, which includes “engaging” with the Nova Scotia framework — measured through a self-assessment, and strengthened through a Continuous Quality Improvement process.