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Early Years Learning Framework

What is the Early Years Learning Framework?

The Early Years Learning Framework is an early childhood curriculum framework, which will guide early childhood educators in developing quality, early childhood education programmes. The framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years, as well as their transition to school. This will help ensure consistency in the delivery of learning programmes around Australia.

How will the framework help my child?

The Early Years Learning Framework has been developed collaboratively by the Australian and state and territory governments with substantial input from the child care and early learning sector and early childhood academics. The framework included feedback from an extensive consultation process, including two national symposiums, national public consultation forums, focus groups, an online forum and case-study trials. Parents can be confident that the framework supports early childhood educators to focus their practice on delivering quality learning opportunities for young children. The Early Years Learning Framework underpins universal access to early childhood education and has been included in the National Quality Standard to ensure delivery of nationally-consistent and quality early childhood programmes across the country. A Families Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework has been developed and is available on the Department of Education website.

What are the key elements of the framework?

The Early Years Learning Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning. The framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. In addition, the framework has a focus on successful transition to formal schooling.

Further information about the Early Years Learning Framework is available on the Department of Education website. You can also download a copy of the framework on this page.