At Little Miracles a lot of work goes into planning and creating appropriate activities and a secure and stimulating environment for your child each day. One of the many tools we use to do this is the Early Years Learning Framework. The Early Years Learning Framework was developed to ensure your child receives quality educational programs while at childcare or preschool as this is a vital time for them to learn and develop. Below is a summary of some to the main aspects of the EYLF and how we use it here at Little Miracles.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being
- Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the role of relationships in defining identities. This is the foundation on which their future is built. Little Miracles believes our role is to create a ‘home like’ atmosphere ensuring all children feel comfortable, relaxed, nurtured and secure in respectful relationships.
- Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just be—time to play, try new things and have fun. Little Miracles believes young children are successful, competent and capable learners when they are actively involved. Children are naturally curious and explore their environment spontaneously. They learn through play situations, direct ‘hands on’ spontaneous interest-based experiences and positive interactions with a range of people, materials and equipment.
- Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become. Little Miracles believes each child is a unique individual with a wide range of needs, skills, interests and learning styles. Thus, it is important to provide developmentally appropriate and safe experiences to extend children’s understanding of their world.
We work with you in order to get to know your child well and create a learning program that builds on your child’s interests and abilities. Through our observations, kinderloop and weekly verbal interactions we will provide feedback to you creating a constant communication channel. Through the Framework’s five learning goals we aim to help your child develop;
- a strong sense of their identity
- connections with their world
- a strong sense of wellbeing
- confidence and involvement in their learning; and
- effective communication skills.
All our team of educators play an important role in providing quality care for the children. We believe it is important that Educators facilitate learning using our National Frameworks through interest based intentional teaching, programming, reflection and documenting children’s progress based on sound developmental knowledge. Our educators observe your child and reflect on these observations and use them to extend your child’s learning, we highly value your input in this part just as we love your feedback on Kinderloop. We would be more than happy to discuss the framework and our curriculum with you, please just ask our educators.