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Early Years Learning Framework in Practice - Second edition

A handbook for educators and families

The Early Years Learning Framework in Practice - Second edition provides early childhood professionals with a practical guide for interpreting and implementing the EYLF. It incorporates updated information about the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care. It will help early childhood educators to articulate their practice, undertake their NQS self-evaluation and develop their Quality Improvement Plan, particularly in the areas of Education Program and Practice, Physical Environment and Relationships with Children, prior to the assessment and rating process taking place in their service.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 72 | Code: TS0136 | ISBN: 9781921613630

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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.



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Kay Margetts

Kay is currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has a strong background in early childhood development, learning and teaching both as a practitioner and as an academic. Her main areas of research are transition and adjustment to school, accompanied by a strong record of publications. Kay is regularly engaged in knowledge exchange activities with the education sector including teachers, educators and parents.


Preface to the 2nd edition5
About this book7
The EYLF in practice7
Using this book7
Early childhood education and care9
What is early childhood education and care (ECEC)?9
What is the Australian government aiming for?10
Where are we now?10
Learning in the early years12
Reflective practice through focused questions13
Questions for reflection13
Belonging being & becoming – a vision for each child’s learning15
The EYLF for Australia15
Learning outcomes17
Questions for reflection19
Learning environments20
The social, emotional and spiritual environment20
Supporting each child21
Respectful relationships24
Partnerships with families and other agencies27
Outdoor and indoor environments28
Supporting transitions29
Play-based learning programs31
Shaping a philosophy32
Questions for reflection32
Assessment for learning — observation, evaluation & planning33
Observing each child33
What skills do good observers need?34
What does evaluation mean?34
Questions for reflection38
The Early Years Learning Framework39
Learning outcomes39
Questions for reflection39
Learning Outcome 1: Strong sense of identity40
What are the key components of Learning Outcome 1?40
Why is Learning Outcome 1 important?40
How is Learning Outcome 1 implemented?41
Questions for reflection43
Learning Outcome 2: Connection and contribution to their world44
What are the key components of Learning Outcome 2?44
Why is Learning Outcome 2 important?44
How is Learning Outcome 2 implemented?45
Questions for reflection47
Learning outcome 3: Strong sense of wellbeing48
What are the key components of Learning Outcome 3?48
Why is Learning Outcome 3 important?48
How is Learning Outcome 3 implemented?49
Questions for reflection53
Learning outcome 4: Confident and involved learners54
What are the key components of Learning Outcome 4?54
Why is Learning Outcome 4 important?54
How is Learning Outcome 4 implemented?56
Questions for reflection59
Learning outcome 5: Effective communicators60
What are the key components of Learning Outcome 5?60
Why is Learning Outcome 5 important?60
How is Learning Outcome 5 implemented?61
Questions for reflection67
Useful resources68
References and further reading70