Early Years Learning Framework

We believe that the practices of educators and the relationships they form with children and families have a significant effect on children’s involvement and success in learning.

Our early childhood curriculum development is guided by the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Framework for School Aged Care, which tell us that partnerships between educators and families matter because:

Knowing that Educators respect their family, strengthens a child’s identity and sense of belonging and enhances their learning
Knowing children well also includes knowing the family and the cultural and community contexts of their lives
Families bring insights that offer a richer picture about their child.

The Framework is part of the Council of Australian Government’s reform agenda for early childhood development. It is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework and underpins universal access to early childhood education.

The Council of the Australian Government 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. In this way, the EYLF will contribute to realising the Council of Australian Government’s vision that: “All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.”

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, 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.

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