Early Years Learning Framework

Early Years Learning Framework

Educators at Killarney School use the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to ensure that children receive a high quality learning experience. This is Australia’s first national EYLF for early childhood educators. The aim of this document is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school.

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF, 2009) is an important curriculum document which informs and guides our practice as educators. From the beginning of 2010 the EYLF became the official early childhood curriculum framework in Australia.  

Fundamental to the EYLF is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming, From before birth, children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families, who are children’s first and most influential educators. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.


Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.   


Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. 'Being' recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationship with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.   


Children’s identities, knowledge, understanding, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. 'Becoming' reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.