Early Years Learning Framework
At Playschool Early Learning Centres our framework is child-centred and child-focussed.
Our programming is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and this is used by our educators as a guide to focus on children’s learning, development and outcomes. The main emphasis of the framework is on learning through play.
There are three main ideas that make up the EYLF: Belonging, Being and Becoming.
Belonging, Being, and Becoming
All children need a sense of belonging to be able to have their own identity and become confident and involved learners. At Playschool Early Learning Centres we understand that every child is an individual and our focus is to help each and every child to achieve their full potential.
Our educators role is to implement programs that give each child an opportunity to succeed, grow and develop in a safe and secure learning environment that is also inspiring and challenging. We support children being themselves and cater for differences in development, physical, cultural and ethnic aspects of all children and their families. We allow children the time to flourish at their own pace and experience the joy and wonder of childhood.
The becoming is about who children are growing up to be. Important life skills such as communication, working collaboratively, conflict resolution, problem solving and critical and creative thinking are all included in our teaching programs. Our main focus is to guide your child to be an effective learner and assist them in developing all of the skills necessary for success now and in the future.
My Time Our Place
The Council of Australian Governments has developed My Time, Our Place – the Framework for School Age Care in Australia to assist educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in life.
The Framework has been designed for use by school age care educators working in partnership with children, their families and the community, including schools.
The Framework recognises the importance of social and emotional development and communication in learning through play and leisure, and it forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all school age care settings engage in quality experiences for rich learning, personal development and citizenship opportunities. Developing life skills and a sense of enjoyment are emphasised.
This Framework is linked to the Early Years Learning Framework which focuses on children from birth to five years. It extends the principles, practices and outcomes to the contexts and age range of the children and young people who attend school age care settings.
National Quality Framework
To ensure Australian children get the best possible start in life the National Quality Framework (NQF) sets a consistent, high quality standard for early childhood education and care, and outside school hours care services.
The major benefits for parents and children include:
- Greater individual care and attention for children
- Better support for children’s learning and development
- Improved educator to child ratios
- Educators with increased skills and qualifications
- A new rating system of education and care services
The early years are vital for establishing self-esteem, resilience, and healthy growth. Research shows that quality education and care in the early years leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life
Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program
At Playschool Early Learning Centres we provide a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program. We have qualified and experienced early childhood teachers for the Kindergarten Program.
Our Kindergarten Program is aligned with the Queensland Kindergarten Program, and the Early Years Learning Framework. Each child needs to attend the Kindergarten Program for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Our program incorporates literacy and numeracy awareness, scientific and mathematical exploration, self-help and social skills. We also include intentional teaching experiences planned to challenge and stimulate your child in becoming an effective learner.
We have a qualified Optometrist that comes into the Centre to perform a vision screening program for the children in the Kindergarten Program. We also have a Speech Pathologist that comes in and does a speech assessment on your child’s speech development. Both of these services are provided free of charge.
Preparation for “Big” School
It is an important focus for us to ensure that each child is ready for their journey into “big” school. Our aim is to ensure the children in our program are socially and emotionally prepared for this transition.
By the time children are ready for their first year of school they should have a strong sense of identity and wellbeing, become connected with and contribute to their world, and become confident and involved learners.
Children are the worlds most precious treasures, and we intend on making their time at Playschool Early Learning Centres not only educational but also exciting, stimulating, challenging and fun.
The Abecedarian Approach
The Abecedarian Approach is one of the few evidence-based, proven programs that integrates basic principles of human learning and development into a fun and effective approach to early childhood education.
The Abecedarian Approach, places a priority on children’s language acquisition, because research shows that language is key to children’s early learning and school readiness. Language allows children to organise their thoughts and explain their ideas; it gives them the means to express their feelings; and the tools they need to interact with peers and adults in order to make connections with those around them.
Language also allows children to use private speech, talking aloud to themselves to work through a problem or regulate their emotions. As our children get older, they internalise this speech so that it is no longer out loud but still a means of guiding their behavior and navigating the world around them.
The Abecedarian approach focuses on developing frequent and intentional adult-child interaction, usually one-on-one, for children from birth to age 5. Research on the Abecedarian approach shows that it builds skills early on that last across the lifespan, emphasising the benefits of children learning in active, engaged, constructive, and interactive environments.
The four key elements of the Abecedarian Approach are the use of:
These techniques support children to create bonds and attachment with adults from ages 0-1, feel secure and know they’re supported when exploring the world from ages 1-3, and use play to explore from ages 3-5. The tools also support healthy emotional, social, and cognitive development in children.
Each of the elements of the Abecedarian Approach have been aligned with contemporary Australian Early Childhood policy, including The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS)
Playschool Early Learning Centres are committed to train each and every one of our early childhood educators and teachers in Abecedarian techniques. In turn, these educators are able to teach parents and carers Abecedarian games and techniques that they can use in their own homes. With Playschool Early Learning’s commitment to maintain an accredited Abecedarian Approach in each Centre, the children that attend our Centres are set to benefit for many years to come.
Parents and the Abecedarian Approach
We provide the opportunity for parents to observe the Abecedarian Approach in action in the Centre at any time. We have an open door policy and encourage parents to participate in the daily activities in the Centre. All of our educators are available to help parents practice the Abecedarian Approach with their child.
There are a number of useful resources included on our Playschool Early Learning Centres website and Facebook page to help parents to implement the Approach in their own homes. The more parents use this Approach at home the greater the benefit for their child and their development.
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