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Early Years Learning Framework

Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) 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.

The framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. The EYLF was developed by the Australian and state and territory governments with input from the early childhood sector and early childhood academics. It has incorporated feedback from a consultation process, including two national symposiums, national public consultation forums, focus groups, an online forum and case-study trials.

The framework offers a vision where ‘all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life’. It has been designed so that early childhood services will be able to develop their own strategies to implement its objectives.

National Quality Framework

The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care services. 

The NQF includes:

Benefits for Children & Families

Research shows quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. The early years are critical for establishing self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn. Quality education and care shapes every child’s future and lays the foundation for development and learning. Starting Blocks provides parents with information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

The major benefits for parents and children include:

Improved educator to child ratios, ensuring children have greater individual care and attention for children.

Better support for children’s learning and development through approved learning frameworks.

Consistent, transparent information on educators, providers and services in the national registers.

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”

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