Belonging, Being and Becoming
At Baxter Kindergarten and Children's Centre we provide a program that fits within the Belonging, Being and Becoming - Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) - our national, early childhood curriculum framework.
The EYLF has a strong emphasis on play based learning. Play-based learning is described in the EYLF as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations’.
It is believed that play shapes the structural design of the brain. Play provides active exploration that assists in building and strengthening brain pathways and creates a brain that has increased ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’. (Lester & Russell, 2008). Young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning and children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2005). We incorporate play-based learning into the curriculum for these important developmental reasons; using both indoor and natural outdoor spaces to facilitate this.
The EYLF also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. In addition, the ELYF has a focus on successful transition to formal schooling.
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 across Australia.
A Families' Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework is on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.