Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework is a National Framework for early childhood educators. The aim of the Framework is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school. The Council of Australian Governments has developed this Framework to assist educators to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. The Framework draws on conclusive international evidence that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development.
It has been developed with considerable input from the early childhood sector, early childhood academics and the Australian and State and Territory Governments. The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
The Framework has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.
(BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia ,2009)
StartingBlocks.gov.au is a new, family friendly resource to provide parents with information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.
Starting Blocks is a starting point for families to:
- learn about children’s developmental milestones
- understand what to expect from an early childhood education and care service
- find services and learn about their quality ratings
- get tips on starting child care or preschool, and what can be done at home to encourage their child’s learning and development.