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The Doris Blackburn Preschool follows the principles and practices as outlined in “The Early Learning Years Framework” (ELYF). The five principles have been identified to support and sustain practice to enhance children’s development towards achieving the learning outcomes. They are:

  • Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships

  • Partnerships

  • High expectations and equity

  • Respect for diversity

  • Ongoing learning and reflective practice

The aim is to improve the lives of all children and to constantly be re-evaluating practice with respect to what effect it has on others, and ensuring a willingness to learn from personal experience and from the experiences of others. These principles are achieved through openness to difference, inquiry and understanding, and continual review of practices and ideas, giving opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with colleagues and communities for the enhancement of children’s learning and development. These principles:

  • View every child as a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

  • Recognise that children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a primary caregiver

  • Identify the environments as playing a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning

  • Acknowledge that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates

  • Recognise that all areas of learning and development are equally important inter-connected

The eight practices that support the principles illustrate the wide range of strategies to support children’s learning, recognising that children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met, and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them.

  • Adopt holistic practices

  • Be responsive to children

  • Plan and implement learning through play

  • Create many opportunities for intentional teaching

  • Create physical and social learning environments that have a positive impact on children’s learning

  • Value the cultural and social contexts of children and their families

  • Provide for continuity in experiences and enabling children to have successful transitions

  • Assess and monitor children’s leaning to inform provision and to support children in achieving learning outcomes.

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