Early Years Learning Framework
Elles Belles Early Learning has implemented the Early Years Learning Framework which at it’s core promotes Belonging, Being and Becoming and the five learning outcomes into our curriculum and daily practices. We incorporate the EYLF to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and throughout their transition to school.
To create a sense of belonging is to know where and with whom you belong and this is an integral part to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining their identities. In early childhood, throughout their life their trusting and open relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Shaping who children are (being) and who they can become won’t happen without belonging.
Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world, this is being and recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities and meeting new challenges everyday. In early childhood we are not solely about preparation for the future but also about the present.
Becoming assists children in gaining their identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, change, skills and relationships during childhood. In regards to change children are shaped by many different events and circumstances and becoming reflects this process as young children learn and grow. By becoming children learn to participate fully and actively within their society.
The EYLF creates a foundation in which you can further extend on as an educator and is paramount for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience high quality teaching and learning. The EYLF is not only designed for educators to guide children’s learning and development in the early years of life but to assist families as well. It is based on the understanding that children’s first and most enduring educators are their families. Families are the role models for their child and provide the caring relationships, the opportunities and the experiences that shape children’s learning and development for their future.
The five learning outcomes are designed to capture the integrated and complex learning and development of all children across the birth to five age range. These outcomes are:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators