Welcome to Curriculum Kids, where we create resources for Educators by Educators.
Our aim is to assist Educators with incorporating the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). We produce products that are time saving, high quality, inspirational, easy to read and visually appealing. Whether it be an experience or a programming template, each of our ideas has been tried and tested in many Early Childhood Environments to ensure that we get the best product out to you. We respect that Early Childhood Educators have varying curriculum approaches that reflect their own personal philosophies. We believe that the Framework can be used in conjunction with all curriculum approaches, as the purpose remains the same, to provide a high-quality program that develops children in a holistic manner.
ABOUT THE EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (EYLF)
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is Australia’s first national early childhood curriculum Framework and recognises the early years as a critical period in children’s learning and development. It was developed by Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to support Educators in providing children from birth to eight years of age with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning (Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments, 2009).
The EYLF encourages play-based learning and is comprised of three inter- related elements Principles, Practices and Learning Outcomes. These elements are interpreted and implemented by Educators, creating their pedagogy and quality early childhood programs. The EYLF is just one of many initiatives implemented by the COAG and may be used with other State and Territory Frameworks.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of Belonging, Being and Becoming.
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.
(Department for Education and Child Development, 2012)
At Curriculum Kids, we strongly believe that incorporating all areas of this Framework into an early learning environment prepares children in an optimistic manner for their journey in life. Early Childhood Educators can use the ve areas of learning in the EYLF as a guideline to help develop each child as a whole. We feel that there is an importance of each area itself, but Educators can also focus on the integration of the learning areas as they complement one another. This integration is often evident in a child’s learning journey as they are able to utilise aspects of Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learning and Communication through play.
The Practice Principles laid out in the Frameworks, we believe are imperative as they guide Early Childhood Educators to provide high quality programs and care for children. Within each state’s Framework, they explain their own Practices that Educators and co-ordinators use to promote and support children’s learning in conjunction with the EYLF. Curriculum Kids is a Victorian based company and the VEYLDF sets out Practice Principles. These principles are categorized under collaborative, effective and reflective practices. We view the collaborative approaches as the vital aspect of high quality care, as we believe they focus on utilizing all influential relationships. We believe that effective approaches to Early Childhood are fundamental as each child is unique in all aspects of their individual self and their world. In regards to reflective practices we believe that it is essential for Early Childhood Educators to consistently evaluate their own practices ensuring continual professional development and high quality care.
THE EARLY YEARS LEARNING OUTCOMES
Curriculum Kids aims to provide Educators with a deeper understanding of the five Early Years Learning Outcomes; Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learning and Communication. We understand and recognise that the Framework is open to interpretation and it is up to the Educator to utilise their own understandings to create links between the children’s learning and the EYLF outcomes. Educators need to remember that each time an experience is implemented the children may change their reactions, actions and involvement in the experience; creating a new learning journey and in turn the possibilities of different learning outcomes.
What the EYLF Outcomes mean to us…
IDENTITY: Each individual child is wonderful and should be made to feel so. It is fundamental in a child’s growth that they develop confidence, a voice, trusting relationships and a sense of belonging, being and becoming as they all contribute to a feeling of self-worth. As Educators we play such an important role in the foundations of their sense of identity. It is the duty and honour of the Educator along with the families and the community to guide the children in their journey.
COMMUNITY: Each individual child is a member of the community around them. This community is made up of family structure, geographic location, socio-economic background, culture, religion and educational environments. The community helps shape the child, and sets the standards for socially acceptable behaviour. It is important that children have an understanding of their own background while also being accepting of the diverse world we live in.
WELLBEING: As Educators we need to assist the children as they learn the skills to make healthy choices both physically and emotionally. We are able to support this development by exposing them to nutrition, fitness, spacial awareness, emotion, confidence, and various social situations. It is important that children obtain these skills early in life as they contribute to a happy and healthy future.
LEARNING: By being available during play, Educators are able to encourage, support and extend the children’s learning. As we enable children to resource their own learning, we also encourage them to gain a thirst for knowledge. This can be achieved by providing experiences that cater for various learning techniques including visual, auditory, sensory and kinaesthetic.
COMMUNICATION: Children communicate with those around them from the moment they enter the world. It is our role as Educators to be aware of the ways in which children choose to express themselves and to respond appropriately. As each child is a unique individual we must have the knowledge and resources to provide inclusive experiences that support their communication.
Our aim is to assist Educators with incorporating the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). We produce products that are time saving, high quality, inspirational, easy to read and visually appealing. Whether it be an experience idea or a programming template, each of our ideas has been tried and tested in many Early Childhood Environments to ensure that we get the best product out to you.
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