Every Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area adheres to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF is also known as “Belonging, Being and Becoming,” which says a lot about the framework. The EYLF is centred on children’s learning and consists of three main elements, all of which are inter-related: Principles, Practice and Learning Outcomes.
All three of these elements are important to curriculum decision making and how professional childhood educators help children learn and develop. Curriculum encompasses a wide range of interactions, events, routines and experiences that occur within the course of providing child care.
Children are receptive to many diverse experiences. What experiences are included or excluded from the curriculum has a direct effect on how the child develops, learns and understands the world.
Five Principles of EYLF
The EYLF is centred on five principles. The first is secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships. It is the responsibility of the educator to educate and nurture children and give them the support they need to establish positive relationships with teachers, parents and peers.
The next principle is partnership. Childhood educators work in partnership with families to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to have positive interactions with others.
The next principle is high expectations and equity. In other words all children, regardless of background, are expected to succeed and are nurtured to accomplish that success. All children are provided equal opportunities to learn.
The next principle is closely related: respect for diversity. Children can come from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The languages, customs, histories and cultures of all children are to be respected at all times.
The last principle is ongoing learning and reflective practice. This means that educators must look for ways to develop and better education on an ongoing basis. They become co-learners with the children.
To learn more, please use the contact information at the bottom of the page to contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre.