The Early Years Learning Framework
Is the curriculum framework that guides all curriculum decision making at preschool. There are five outcomes –
Curriculum Decision Making at Preschool
“Curriculum encompasses all the interactions, experiences, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development.” (The Early Years Learning Framework, p9.)
If you consider the statement above that may help you to appreciate the complexity of thinking that staff put into planning for your child’s learning at preschool. At IPECS our early childhood expert teachers use their knowledge and understanding of child development, curriculum and their relationships with the children in their group to plan meaningful learning experiences.
Curriculum decision making is an ongoing cycle of information gathering, questioning, planning, acting and reflection. As you can see from the diagram (Educators’ Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, p11) below this is a complex process.
Our educators use this diagram to help them to make considered decisions. Preschool staff use open ended questioning, deep engagement, observations and their listening skills to respond to children in meaningful ways. Research supports the notion of allowing the child to lead the learning. This does not mean that teachers are not involved in learning actually it means quite the opposite. It means that educators must be skilful enough to listen and respond to children as they play and learn to help the children to make links.