Educators aim to create positive learning environments and guide experiences for each child in conjunction with their family. Educators will observe children and facilitate their learning to provide each child with an individualised portfolio by documenting their learning throughout the year. Children and their families will be encouraged to participate in the ongoing process to promote engaged learning.
Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
The Early Years Learning Framework aims to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. The framework provides broad direction for educators in early childhood settings to facilitate children’s learning. It guides educators in their curriculum decision-making and assists planning, implementation and evaluation.
Being, Becoming & Belonging (EYLF)
Being, Becoming & Belonging – The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a National Curriculum framework, which aims to ensure that early childhood educators provide all children from birth to 5 years of age, an educational program that is consistent and of high quality. The EYLF describes principles, practice and learning outcomes that are essential to support and enhance children’s learning from birth to 5 years of age, and also help support transition to school. The EYLF portrays a strong emphasis on play based learning, communication and language (early literacy and numeracy), social and emotional development and family.
Learning Outcomes for children birth to five years
- Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
- Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
- Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
We believe that a child’s family is their first teacher and thus it is vital that we collaborate with all the families within the centre. Brunswick Crèche has developed strategies that enable families to actively participate and share their ideas and values with our educational program. Furthermore, this provides children with a holistic approach to learning as it promotes continuity between the home, community and the centre environment. Children are exposed to a curriculum that aims to enhance their social and emotional skills as they engage in a variety of small and large group experiences.
At Brunswick Crèche our approach to teaching and learning is developed and implemented as follows:
At the beginning of the year we ask parents to submit a variety of goals that they would like their child to work towards in the coming months. During this time, staff add to these goals and work closely with your child to assist them in achieving these goals. Staff do this by collecting a range of meaningful observations on each child, which then forms the basis of the education program. Observations are conducted weekly.
Educational records regarding your child’s learning and overall development are prepared regularly throughout the year. Every 3 – 4 months the staff prepare a summary about the child’s learning and development over the period. These summaries are handed to parents to review. Parents are then invited to contribute any additional goals. This is not a record or traditional portfolio showcasing the child’s art work, rather, a summary of the child’s learning journey. It is the parent’s responsibility to take their child’s art work home, throughout the year.
In approaching our documentation of learning we ensure that an allocated staff member is responsible for maintaining the educational record for a particular child, in addition to our team approach (whereby all staff record individual observations). These observations are used to inform the learning that has taken place and to contribute to both the educational program and children’s individual educational records.
We display our educational programs in each room. The educational program states what will be taught and the mode of how the goals will be covered. During the summary and evaluation of the program we endeavour to include photos related to the teaching experience.
A history of the educational program and its evaluation is on display in each room in a folder labelled ‘Our educational program’.
Our programs are designed to meet the guidelines as set out under the National Early Years Learning Framework, implemented across Brunswick Crèche.
Junior Jammers and the Hey Dee Ho music, dance and drama programs are also available at the centre. These are optional programs provided by independent companies on a weekly basis.