Our curriculum is based on the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ (EYLF) which is the National Curriculum framework covering birth to 5 years. In the early childhood setting ‘curriculum’ means all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development.
The Early Years Learning framework forms the foundation of our program. In conjunction our emphasis is on play based learning, also recognising the importance of communication and language and social and emotional development. The framework is a vision for children’s learning characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming.
Belonging: Know where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.
Being: Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives.
Becoming: Reflects the process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years, as children learn and grow. It has an emphasis on learning to participate fully and actively in society.
The framework conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years and through to transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through following five learning outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
Play is very important for children and it is what we base our curriculum on. Through play babies and young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they communicate, discover, imagine and create. When children play they are showing what they have learnt and what they are trying to understand. It is well known that children learn best when they have secure relationships with caring adults. When children are able to develop trusting relationships from a very early age they feel confident and able to explore and learn. By working together in partnership with families we can enhance your child’s learning and wellbeing. Information that families provide about their child helps to link children’s experiences at home with the time spent at Woodleigh.