Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning and Development Framework is an initiative of the Department of Early Education and Childhood Development, released in November of 2009, designed to advance children’s learning and development from birth through to eight years and ensure that every child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting. It is believed that during this period children experience more rapid brain development and acquire more skills and knowledge than in any other period of their lives.The Framework is for all professionals who work with children and will be compulsory curriculum standard by 2012.
For us at Pentland, it has challenged us to look at child development from a different angle, encouraging children to learn by introducing concepts and extending their knowledge through their own interests.
Describes childhood as a time of Belonging, Being and Becoming (brochures are available at front desk)
- Identifies eight practice principles for learning and development, categorized as collaborative, effective and reflective practice . The practice principles describe the most effective way for early childhood professionals to work together and with children and families to facilitate learning and development.
- Identifies Five Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes for all children in areas of Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learning, and Communication.
- Compliments common understandings and shared conversations with other professionals and families to support children’s learning and development
- Emphasizes the importance of supporting children’s and families transitions as they move within and across services throughout this early childhood period.
If you would like to know more about the Frameworks, you can collect a brochure from the front office or alternatively, you can access the full document on the internet at www.education.vic.gov.au/earlylearning
The Centre is also creating a series of displays based on each of the five individual Outcomes with pictorial evidence showing the Frameworks in action throughout the Centre in all the rooms. You will see pictures representing different aspects within Outcomes and how they translate into providing a caring and educational environment for your child. It is a huge amount of work to manage this transition but one which all the staff are very positive about and are keen to undertake.