The Early Years Learning Framework

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Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia is an important resource for early childhood education.

The Framework provides an opportunity for all early childhood educators across Australia to work towards:

  • a clear focus on children's learning and wellbeing
  • a shared language for curriculum in the early childhood field
  • a base for planning, promoting and assessing learning
  • improved quality in early childhood settings
  • cultural security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families
  • including families and communities in children's learning.

[DEEWR, EYLF, 2009, p. 3].

The Early Years Learning Framework guides curriculum decisions and supports learning outcomes in early childhood education through the implementation of the principles and practices of the framework. Fundamental to the framework are the ideas of Belonging, Being and Becoming. It is Australia's first national framework for early childhood educators. The Framework forms the foundation to ensure that all children experience quality learning and teaching. It conveys the highest expectations for all children's learning from birth to five years, including transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through the following five Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 learning
  • Children are effective communicators.

The framework provides broad directions for early childhood educators to facilitate children's learning, and is designed to be used in partnership with families.  For more information see Early Years Learning Framework External Link


Australia Government Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for the Council of Australian Government (2009). Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia.