Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a guide which consists of principles, practices and 5 main learning outcomes, based on identity, community, wellbeing, learning and communicating. The learning outcomes are used to reflect about children's learning and focus on what a child can achieve.
The Early Years Learning Framework enables Ainslie School's early childhood educators within the preschool settings to extend and enrich children's learning, provide opportunities for children to develop a foundation for learning and for children to become successful learners.
Within the Early Years Learning Framework there are three basic concepts that children's lives are characterised by - Belonging, Being and Becoming. This refers to how a child from even before birth is linked to family, community, culture and place. Through these relationships a child's development and learning takes place as they begin to explore, develop interests, create their own identity and make meaning of the world around them. The three concepts, Belonging, Being & Becoming, represent life and living and are constantly referred to throughout the EYLF.
The EYLF learning outcomes are goals which can be achieved by a child during their learning. The outcomes and sub outcomes cover a variety of areas which include identity, community, wellbeing, learning and communication.
Learning Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
- 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported.
- 1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency.
- 1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities.
- 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.
Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation.
- 2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect.
- 2.3 Children become aware of fairness.
- 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.
Learning Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- 3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing.
- 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
- 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
- 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
- 4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.
- 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.
Learning Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
- 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.
- 5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.
- 5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media.
- 5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.
- 5.5 Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking.