The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It’s part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. There are five learning outcomes defined by the EYLF:
• Children have a strong sense of identity.
• Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
• Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
• Children are confident and involved learners.
• Children are effective communicators.
The National Quality Framework (NQF) was the result of an agreement between all Australian governments to work together to provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children.
The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long daycare, family daycare, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.
The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and sets a high, national benchmark for early childhood education and care.
The NQS brings together the 7 key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children:
1. Educational program and practice
2. Children’s health and safety
3. Physical environment
4. Staffing arrangements
5. Relationships with children
6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
7. Leadership and service management
Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Your child will need a bag to hold all of their items which should include:
• 2-3 changes of spare clothes.
• Bed sheets
• Sun smart hat
• Water Bottle
• Nappies and wipes if your child is yet to toilet train or is toilet training
• A comfort toy if needed
• Healthy lunch box which includes a piece of fruit and a sandwich or small meal for lunch and snacks for morning and afternoon tea.
• What are you operating hours and closure periods?
• We open from Monday to Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm. We are open 50 weeks a year and close on Public Holidays and only for two weeks over the Christmas period.
We always say you should have a good sense of comfort as soon as you have walked through the front door to view the centre. First impressions are extremely important in ensuring you are making the right decisions. It is also important to feel like you have had all your questions answered to your satisfaction. It is crucial to ensure that whatever it is that is important to you and your family is being met at the centre you choose for your child.
Some questions to ask yourself-
1. Were the educators friendly and informative?
2. Were all my questions answered to my satisfaction ?
3. Can I see my child learning at this centre.
4. Can I see that my child’s individual needs will be met on a daily basis.
5. Does the centre philosophy meet some of my own personal beliefs
6. Am I happy with what the centre offer the children?
7. How will essential information be communicated to me as a parent? And am I happy with the systems currently in place.
Starting childcare can be a daunting experience for many children and families. Our aim is to ensure that we make it a smooth transition for your child.
We encourage families to commence care doing shorter days so that your child understands that mummy or daddy will always come back to pick them up.
We also feel it is important to always say good bye to your child and reassure them that you will be back soon to pick them up.
Using positive words and words of affirmation will always put your child at ease. Don’t forget to smile and give you child a big cuddle and kiss!
We encourage families to contact the centre at any time they wish to check up on their child to put their minds at ease.