Understanding the Early Years Learning Framework And How It Benefits Your Child
Here at Bliss Early Learning, we are huge believers and supporters of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) developed by the Australian Department of Education. You may have heard of this framework before, so we’ve put together this handy guide on understanding the EYLF and how it benefits your little one.
What is the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)?
As covered in the document Belonging, Being and Becoming, the framework describes the “principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.” Developed in collaboration with early childhood academics and experts, it includes feedback from a number of focus groups, case-study trials, national consultation forums, and two national symposiums.
It has also been designed in a way that allows early childhood centres and service providers to develop and implement their own strategies to meet the objectives of the framework, which hopes that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”.
What is the purpose of the EYLF?
The EYLF aims to extend and enrich the learning experience of your child from the moment they are born, to the moment they begin to enter the school environment. Working within this framework from a young age lets educational providers give young children the best chance to maximise their learning potential. It also allows educators to establish a fundamental basis for learning that will encourage future success for your child.
It places a particular emphasis on “play-based learning” (a method that allows children to interact, communicate, imagine and explore, discover and develop ideas) and recognises the importance of the following priorities for your child’s learning:
- Communication and language
- Social development
- Emotional development
How it works
The EYLF operates on three concepts: Belonging, Being and Becoming. By exploring your child’s relationship with the world and people around them, their development and learning will progress as they begin to make meaning and create their own identities.
This refers to the sense that your child is part of a family – a group that houses some of the most important relationships they will ever experience. This sense of belonging correlates with your child’s sense of trust and security. If they sense that they belong, they will feel more confident and secure, and be more likely to explore the world around them. We do this by:
- Celebrating diversity and individuality
- Showing respect to ourselves and others
- Meeting each child’s particular needs
The concept of being embraces the present, showing children that they are accepted for who they are, as they are. Through mutually respectful conversations and interactions with early childhood professionals and educators, your child will develop their personal boundaries and sense of self. We enact this through:
- Allowing your child to express themselves
- Recognising each child has their own skills and values
- Celebrating and extending their interests
Becoming refers to the idea that your child will experience change through the different circumstances and events that happen in their life. As they gain this knowledge, create relationships with those around them, and develop their skills, their sense of being also evolves so they can actively participate in the world around them. We achieve this by:
- Encouraging independence and reflecting on growth
- Developing and maintaining relationships with others
- Expanding on current skills and the foundations for learning
At Bliss Early Learning, we have developed educational programs that are supported by the EYLF to give your child the best start in life. Get in touch with our friendly team of educators to find out more.