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The Early Learning Years Framework

The Learning Outcomes

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.

  • Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships

  • Partnerships

  • High expectations and equity

  • Respect for diversity

  • Ongoing learning and reflective practice

The Aim

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.

  • 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.


Eight Principles 


Adopt holistic practises


Be responsive to children


Play and implement learning through play


Create many opportunities for intentional learning


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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