All early childhood services across Australia are obligated to follow the national Early Years Learning Framework, a curriculum framework that outlines the key learning outcomes for children prior to school. The framework outlines the key practices that support the best outcomes for young children.
The curriculum is built around a play-based program, led by an educational leader, which focuses on the interests of young children and also the intentional teaching undertaken by educators. Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine.
Play and learning are entwined in such a way that it is difficult to separate. What we know is that when children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings.