Educators’ practices and the relationships they form with children and families have a signiﬁcant effect on children’s involvement and success in learning. Children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support young children’s learning. Children’s early learning inﬂuences their life chances.
Wellbeing and a strong sense of connection, optimism and engagement enable children to develop a positive attitude to learning. We will create a range of short and long-term goals for your child that we will program to and observe on which will be based on the outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework and include:
We strongly encourage communication between families and educators to ensure continuity in what we are delivering to your child and acknowledge that the role of the Educator is to work in partnership with families; children’s first and most influential educators.
Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming. From before birth children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families, who are children’s ﬁrst and most inﬂuential educators. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.
Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong ﬁrst to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community.
Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in deﬁning identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging.
Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.
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. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.
Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances.
Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.