The Federal government, understanding that young children learn through play, developed the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to ensure that every early childhood setting delivers quality, play-based, education programs to each of the children in their care.
Play is very important and one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework. Through play Norwest Christian College’s youngest learners explore and come to understand the world around them as they communicate, discover, imagine, and create. Our educators observe their play to monitor their learning and plan experiences that will further that learning.
Children learn best when they have secure relationships with caring adults. The trusting relationships our children develop with our educators enable them to feel emotionally secure and confident to explore and learn. They are also developing the skills and understandings they need to interact positively with others and are learning to take personal responsibility for their own actions and learning.
The College acknowledges that parents are their child’s first and most influential educators, and we work in partnership with families to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths, and abilities.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being, and becoming.
Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place. The College also teaches students that a loving God has created them and that belonging to His family is one of life’s greatest joys.
Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just ‘be’; time to play, try new things, and have fun within reasonable behavioural boundaries. The College values diversity and aims to promote an environment in which individuals are accepted and included regardless of difference. We also encourage students to behave here and now in a manner pleasing to God.
Becoming is about learning and development. As our children develop their sense of identity, together with parents we aim to instil in them the College’s values and a faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to shape the type of adult they will become.
The five learning outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework represent some of our goals for your child during their time in the Early Learning Centre. These learning outcomes cover a variety of areas including identity, community, wellbeing, learning, and communication.
Our Centre is continuing to implement the requirements of the National Quality Standard and National Quality Framework Implementation.