What are EYLF in Early Childhood Education and child care?

The Early Years Learning Framework enables childcare professionals, educators within an early childhood setting to extend and enrich children’s learning, provide opportunities for children to develop a foundation for learning and for children to become successful learners.

The aim is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to the next five years and through the transition to school. The years from birth to age five came into focus with the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine and the Royal Foundation of United Kingdom launching the early years survey to collect information and better prepare parents, educators, and care givers.

It assists services to provide young children with opportunities to maximize their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. The EYLF guides educators in developing quality programs for children. It describes the early childhood principles, practice, and outcomes required to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, including their transition to school.

The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognizes the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. The Framework has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.