Learning and Development
Each child is considered as an individual who will develop and learn at their own pace. Each child has different potential and abilities and educators will challenge and extend these skills and follow interests.
Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework
- Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- 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.
- 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.
The Framework (EYLF) draws on conclusive international evidence that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognizes the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
The Framework (ELYF) conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning and it communicates these through the following five Learning Outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
Encouraging Physical Development
Physical Development is promoted by providing challenging activities, games, music and movement sessions. Children practice skills such as balance, flexibility, skipping, crawling, eye-hand co-ordination, rolling, walking, and much more.
Encouraging Social and Emotional Development
Educators play a pivotal part in develop children’s social and emotional development. Educators role model acceptable behaviour, and promote the children's self-esteem by respecting their choices and acknowledging their efforts. Children are encouraged to share and cooperate with each other.
Encouraging Creativity, Language and Literacy Development
A range of art and craft activities allows creative expression. Singing, chanting, rhymes and stories are used to support language development. A child's home language is encouraged and supported. External agencies can be used to assist children with English as a second language.