The following is extracted from www.mychild.gov.au.
What is the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)?
The EYLF 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.
Why is the EYLF beneficial for the children?
The EYLF 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 EYLF underpins universal access to early childhood education and has been included in the National Quality Standard (NQS) to ensure delivery of nationally-consistent and quality early childhood programmes across the country.
What are the key elements of the framework?
The EYLF 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.
For families who would like to have more information about the framework, please refer to https://education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework.