St Mary's Preschool Program is guided by the outcomes, principles and practices outlined within the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. This is Australia's first (released - July 2009) National Early Years Learning Framework for early childhood educators. The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in early childhood education settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language, including early literacy and social and emotional development.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming. In the preschool setting children develop a sense of belonging when they feel accepted and develop attachments and trusting relationships with the educators that care for them.
The concept of being reminds educators to focus on children in the here and now, and the importance of children's right to be a child and experience the joy of childhood. Being involves children developing an awareness of their social and cultural heritage, of gender and their significance in their world. Becoming includes children building and shaping their identity through their evolving experiences and relationship, which include change and transitions. Children's agency, as well as guidance, care and teaching by families and educators shape children's experiences of becoming.
At St Mary's Community Preschool we encourage your child to reach their full potential throught the Early Years Learning Framework as a time of belonging being and becoming. As such, we will assist your child to develop:
- A strong sense of identity
- Connections with the world
- A strong sense of well being
- Confidence and involvement in their learning and
- Effective communication skills
With an understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework in guiding appropriate early childhood pedagogical practice, the early childhood educators work as a team to plan and develop a program which supports play-based learning in achieving the above outcomes for children.