DURING 2011 THE TEACHERS AND STAFF AT WENDY’S AND HYDE PARK NURSERY SCHOOLS UNDERTOOK TRAINING IN AND COMMENCED WORKING WITH A NEW NATIONAL CURRICULUM CALLED THE EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK (EYLF).
The EYLF identifies five outcome areas to guide planning for children’s learning and development. The teachers and staff at Wendy’s and Hyde Park have found the new curriculum inspiring, as it challenges them to base their programs more on the needs, interests and capabilities of children.
The five outcome areas are:
1 Children have a strong sense of Identity.
2 Children are connected and contribute to their world.
3 Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
4 Children are confident and involved learners.
5 Children are effective communicators.
These can be simplified into Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learning and Communication.
This new framework works very well to create an Emergent Curriculum. This is a curriculum that develops from exploring what is relevant, interesting and personally meaningful to children. An Emergent Curriculum supports children’s ideas and encourages deep exploration of these ideas. Planning the curriuclum begins by closely observing the children and creating an overall broad topic that is meaningful to them. The topic is explored through the five outcome areas and the areas of intellectual (literacy/numeracy), social, emotional, creativity and physical development. We use the arts (print-books, art, construction, drama, music, and puppetry) and our unique outdoor environments as avenues for learning.
The new Early Years Learning Framework supports the Emergent Curriculum to create high quality educational experiences and interactions in our services.
The Wendy’s and Hyde Park staff strive to:
▪ be responsive to children’s needs.
▪ plan and implement learning through play.
▪ create positive social and physical learning environments.
▪ value diversity and the cultural and social contexts of children and families.
▪ enable children to have successful transitions and provide for continuity in experiences.
▪ monitor children’s learning to inform our programs and to best achieve the five outcomes.
We believe the five outcomes are the foundation of a civilized society!