Every Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth is fully committed to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Entitled “Being, Belonging and Becoming,” EYLF was created in 2009 by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). EYLF is the first framework for early years learning that was endorsed by the Australian Government to be used across most early childhood learning situations.
EYLF isn’t intended to be a “one size fits all” solution. Instead, it allows for maximum flexibility while providing support to child care in Perth and across Australia. EYLF is considered to be a work in progress and continuously evolves as more information becomes available to educators. It is based on some solid principles and practices that serve as guidelines.
Principles of EYLF
EYLF is based on five principles. The first is secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships. In other words, your child must feel safe, respected and honoured as a human being at all times and must feel that they are working with the Room Leader and not for them.
This leads into the second principle, which is partnerships and also into the third, which is high expectations and equity. The child must feel like an equal partner for effortless, maximum learning to occur. While the adult obviously has to control the room for the safety of your children, it should never feel like the Room Leader is demanding anything. Instead, it should feel like the Room Leader is a friend, leading the play into something fun and exciting.
The fourth principle is respect for diversity. This is part of the other four principles, but is worthy of mention as a principle on its own merit. The individuality of the child must be respected and honoured at all times. This is mandatory and non-negotiable.
The fifth principle is ongoing learning and reflective practise. These are based on two books: “Observations and Reflections in Childhood” and “Making Links: A collaborative approach to planning and practice in early childhood services.”
The basic tenets are using tools for ongoing assessment and making learning a truly collaborative experience between the Room Leader and your child.
If you would like to learn more, please call any of our Cuddles Childcare Centres located in the Perth area.
Bertram (08) 9419 1844
Carlisle (08) 9472 4702
St. James (08) 9358 4673