Curriculum

Mirambeena enriches children’s learning experiences through the National Curriculum, Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This was developed by COAG (Council of Australian Government) to assist educators in providing children with opportunities to maximize their potential and also develop a foundation for future success in learning. By doing this, the EYLF contributes to realizing COAG’s vision that-

"All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation.”

This curriculum framework draws on the conclusive evidence that the period of early childhood is vital in a child’s learning and development. The emphasis is on quality early childhood experiences based around the importance of play where communication and language, and social and emotional development are paramount. The framework is designed for use with early childhood educators who work in partnership with families, a child’s first and most influential educators.

Here at Mirambeena our educators are guided by the principles of the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for all Young Australians whereby -

All young Australians become:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident and creative learners
  • Active and informed citizens

Play based learning is a context in which children make sense of their social worlds by engaging actively with other people, adults and peers and engaging with appropriate environments and resources which extend them in their everyday learning.

Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterized by belonging, being and becoming.

From before birth children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.

Belonging-experiencing belonging (knowing where and with whom you belong) is integral to human existence. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships which is crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that is shapes who children are and who they become.

Being-recognises the importance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and children knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and meeting challenges in everyday life.

Becoming – reflects the process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as children learn and grow; such as identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships.

Educators promote, in collaboration with families, 5 learning outcomes involving skills, knowledge and dispositions. These are -

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

The EYLF provides broad direction for early childhood educators to facilitate children’s learning, guiding them in their curriculum decision making, and assisting them in their planning, implementing and evaluating quality learning experiences at Mirambeena.

 

References:

1. Belonging, Being and Becoming- Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace, 2009