Every child is unique. With this in mind, the way and the speed at which children learn and grow can vary. However, all of them deserve an environment that can stimulate their mental and social development. In Australia, child experts tend to agree that the earliest years, between birth and five years old, are some of their most formative periods. The government developed the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to help children receive the right education.
What is the framework about?
The EYLF framework is a curriculum for early childhood education. Its primary purpose is to guide childcare centres such as Kids Choice Granville in designing programmes for these young kids. The framework then outlines the practices and principles. These standards didn’t come from thin air. Instead, they were a product of months of consultations and discussions with experts in the field including childhood educators. There are two primary objectives of the framework. The first one is to design programmes that help achieve the slogan: Belonging, Being, Becoming. Educators are guided according to the following desired outcomes:
- Strong sense of identity
- Connection to the world
- Strong sense of well-being
- Confidence and engagement in learning
- Effective communication
The second goal is to help the children transition as smoothly as possible to formal schooling.
What can parents expect from schools with EYLF?
The actual programmes or curriculum can differ among schools, as well as the framework endorsed by the territories. However, most of them have the following traits:
- They create a secure or safe environment for learning and socialisation.
- They encourage the participation of the community, particularly the carers and the children’s family.
- A lot of the time is dedicated to play-based learning. Studies have shown playtimes can help improve the creativity, socialisation, communication, and analytical skills of the children.
- Their educators are trained not only in teaching but also in acknowledging and improving every child’s uniqueness.
Little ones can’t decide for themselves. Making the right choices today can help pave the way for the kids’ success later.