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:
The rate at which children progress may differ to some degree it may differ due to experience, but to a large degree it is influenced by individual biological maturation. Each child is where they are meant to be at each point in time-
Our program reflects the importance of …
- Guiding children’s relationships.
- Child directed learning and sense agency ( making their own choices)
- Risk taking
- Social justice and diversity
- Environments ( indoor/outdoor/community outings
- The creative mind
- Mental health and wellbeing.
The context of the room is taken into consideration. In the long day care setting the dynamics can shift daily with many children attending part time. The age variation and boy/ girl ratio, temperament of the individuals and where the child is at in the settling in process (Tiny tots).
The staff set an (intention, Goal or Aim) or two to support children’s learning and engagement in the program. This Intention/ goal or aims are based on children’s observations, parents input, staff Knowledge and professional experience, group dynamics, community events and intentional teachings- smiles for miles, child safety, Be You etc.
To achieve these Intentions/goals or Aims educators will plan experiences to support learning and engagement. This will be achieved in many ways throughout the day. Learning doesn’t just happen at a table and all educators have different styles, values and professional experience. Staff will brainstorm ideas to support the children to work towards the intention/ goal or aim
Reflection journal, observation, photos, critical reflection, professional discussions, parent feedback will gather evidence of learning.
This Data and what occurred will form the next planning cycle.
As the children progress through the learning program they will have individual plans that will be threaded through the group plan.
Our programs are designed so children are all receiving the most out of our education and learning, the programs implemented across our centre meet the guidelines as set out under the National Early Years Learning Framework.
Junior Jammers, the dance and drama program is also available at our centre. This is an optional program provided by an independent company on a weekly basis.