Early Years Learning Framework Principles

There are 5 Early Years Learning Framework Principles where by educators are working on relationships, partnerships, expectations, respect and reflective practice. These Principles underpin everything done in early learning settings

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1. Relationships – secure, respectful & reciprocal

  • Educators give priority to nurturing relationships and emotional support
  • Educators value connectedness, interdependence to others and value teamwork and collaboration

2. Partnerships with families and support professionals

  • Educators view families as most influential in young child’s life
  • Educators build on families prior knowledge and expectations
  • Educators build trust
  • Educators develop means of communicating freely and respectfully
  • Educators find means of sharing insights and perspectives about each child
  • Educators find ways to allow parents to engage in decision making

3. High Expectations and Equity (believe the best)

  • Educators believe children can succeed
  • Educators believe all children progress with high expectations
  • Educators recognise barriers to educational success in all domains
  • Educators respond to barriers.
  • Educators promote inclusion of all children

4. Respect for Diversity

  • Educators reflect different cultures in the classroom
  • Educators respect children’s home lives
  • Educators share represent Australian Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander culture
  • Educators think critically about how culture can impact each learner

5. Practice is Ongoing & Reflective

  • Educators seek ways to build professional knowledge
  • Educators become learners with children their families and community
  • Educators engage, ask questions and consider their philosophy, ethics and teaching practice
  • Educators gather information that supports decision making
  • Educators critically reflect on experiences from different perspectives
  • Educators consider the following questions for reflective practice


What is the EYLF – Early Years Learning Framework?

The  Early Years Learning Framework is the first National framework designed for Australian early childhood educators. The aim of the EYLFdocument is to extend and enrich children’s learning from 0-5 years and through to the years that children transition to full time school.

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The Council of Australian Governments has developed this Framework to

  • Assist educators to provide young children with opportunities
  • Maximise each child’s potential
  • Develop a foundation for future success in learning

In essence the drive behind the Early YEars LEarning Framework within Australia is to ensure that ….

All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.

The Early Years Learning Framework has three words that encapsulate what should drive early learning amoungst our precious little ones. Being, Belonging and Becoming are central to the EYLF

Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining a child’s sense of identity. Relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging and this is recognised as extremely vital to a child’s holistic development.

Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. Being refers to being present about where each child has come from and who they are.

Becoming represents the ongoing process and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow.

The Early Years Learning Framework is upheld by EYLF Principles firstly and from these Principles come 8 significant Practices. These Principles and EYLF Practices influence teaching pedagogy, philosophy and ultimately the EYLF Learning Outcomes.

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