Early Years Learning Framework – Australia
The Early Years Learning Framework is an early childhood curriculum framework for early childhood educators. The framework has the compelling title, Belonging, Being & Becoming.
The framework is a component of Australia’s National Quality Framework for early education and child care. The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.
EYLF Learning Outcome Guidelines
The learning outcomes are broken into these categories:
- A strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- A strong sense of wellbeing
- Confident and involved learners
- Effective communicators
Within these learning outcomes, educators have multiple guidelines they can use to manage and monitor the progress of their children. It’s a formative assessment approach, mainly using the learning stories format.
* Note: EYLF and the following frameworks are all included by default in Educa. You can also build your own customized linking sets such as your service philosophy, Resource tracking, Montessori, Observation type, Theorists.
Educa is proud to be able to provide a customisable online solution that supports the EYLF planning and documentation requirements.
My Time Our Place
The Council of Australian Governments has developed My Time, Our Place – Framework for School Age Care in Australia (The Framework) to assist educators to provide children with opportunities to maximize their potential and develop a foundation for future success in life.
In this way, the Framework will contribute to the Council of Australian Governments vision that: “All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.”
National Quality Standard (NQS)
Read more about the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority and the NQS benchmarks here.
It gives services and families a better understanding of a quality service, therefore helping families to make informed decisions about the services providing education and care to their child. The NQS brings together the 7 key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children.
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Leadership and service management
There are changes coming to the National Quality Framework, effective October 1, 2017. Learn more here.
Kindergarten & Preschool Curriculum By State
Northern Territory Preschool Curriculum
The NT Preschool Curriculum provides the next level of focus and detail, within the framework of the EYLF, to assist teachers and early childhood professionals to plan and program for children from 3-5 years of age. It also outlines the teaching practices and phases of learning. These can assist transition for children moving from child care settings to preschool and for Transition teachers to build continuity of learning for children when they move from preschool to the Transition class.
Queensland Kindergarten Curriculum
The Queensland kindergarten learning guideline supports kindergarten teachers’ professional practice in a range of contexts across Queensland. The guideline uses the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF). Furthermore, it embraces the inclusive vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life.”
Kindergarten Foundations for Success
Used alongside the EYLF, Foundations for Success provides educators with additional guidance to implement a holistic program that extends and enriches learning.