The Early Learning Years Framework Defined

eylf diagramAustralia’s federal government has published its nationwide plan offering guidance for the education of children up to age five in the form of the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes, or ELYF. The objective of this plan is to improve children’s educational opportunities in the future by ensuring that they receive a solid preparatory groundwork from a very young age.

One of the main missions of the framework is to give child care workers, educators, and parents the guidance they need in order to help children grow up into productive, effective learners as they get older. The ELYF is less of a cohesive programme and more of a set of guidelines. General goals are given and tools for meeting these goals are provided in the form of Principles, Practices, and Learning Outcomes.

Understanding How The Framework Operates

As noted above, the Early Learning Years Framework is not a restrictive training programme for either educators or children. The newly-issued Principles, Practices, and Learning Outcomes are intended to give the Framework a more easily-digestible foundation and to provide guidance for educators and child care workers.

The goal is for them to develop their own curricula and educational programmes which fall in line with the precepts of the ELYF. If you’re already an experienced educator or child care worker, the odds are good that you’ll recognise many of the procedures and guidelines presented in the new material.

There are significant new concepts and ideas which call for the modification of existing procedures to bring them into line with the latest goals and targets.

Early Learning Years Framework – Core Concepts

According to the framework, children’s early lives are defined by three core principles. These are Belonging, Being and Becoming.

The links which tie a child to his or her family, community, and traditions are respected and prioritised with these principles.

Children develop learning skills, investigate the world around them, explore their relationships, identities, and tastes all based on these communal links. The Framework makes consistent use of the Belonging, Being, and Becoming concepts all through its materials, and these principles can be seen as the core values of the ELYF. Some further details:

belonging being becoming* Belonging

Children should be encouraged to recognise that they are all part of groups including (but not limited to) families. Positive associations with family members should be encouraged to foster Belonging. Children who feel they belong to a reliable family group are more positive, safer, and better able to cultivate learning skills.

* Being

Children should be encouraged to experience life and define their own place in by receiving acknowledgment that teaches them they are cared for. Through building their own associations, working together to overcome difficulties, and learning who they are, children cultivate key skills for life.

* Becoming

Children change and grow rapidly. The expanding awareness and greater capacity for understanding that children develop as they grow older must be recognised, honoured, and encouraged. Pushing them to grow and learn ensures that they experience positive ‘becoming’ and develop all sorts of important skills.

More On Principles, Practices, And Learning Outcomes

The three key factors in the Early Years Learning Framework – Principles, Practices, and Learning Outcomes – provide the system with a structural core. Intended primarily for professional child care workers and educators, these precepts make it easier to plan out programmes and collaborate constructively with children, family members, and communities.

Principles

The Early Years Learning Framework defines five vital principles which are common to all positive child-rearing work. All five principles need to be employed to ensure that children progress toward positive Learning Outcomes. They are:

1) Relationships which are safe, respectful, and mutually beneficial.

2) Partnerships

3) Equity and high expectations

4) Respect for diversity

5) Encouraging reflection and continual learning

Practices

Practices have to do with constructive ways to employ the Principles described above when working with children, communities, and families. The Framework is in favor of taking a broad approach to building children’s learning skills. The eight key practices are as follows:

1) Employing holistic methods

2) Responding to children

3) Learning via play

4) Structured teaching

5) Environments that foster learning

6) Cultural awareness

7) Continuity of education/child-rearing

8) Learning Assessment

Learning Outcomes

Child EducatorsLearning Outcomes are all about letting educators such as Curriculum Kids and child care workers track children’s progress. The Framework’s Learning Outcomes recognise that every child learns and grows at a unique pace. Five core Learning Outcomes are defined by the ELYF, each of which is a fertile field for growth and the development of learning skills.

1) Developing strong senses of identity

2) Connecting with and contributing to the world

3) Developing strong senses of wellbeing

4) Fostering confidence and involvement in education

5) Communicating effectively