Early Years Learning Framework

Byron Bay Preschool follows the Early Years Learning Framework to create an engaging combination of educational organised experiences and activities whilst learning through and free play. We believe that children learn through play, which encourages children to explore, investigate and research their own knowledge and understanding based on their interests and which is reflected in their community therefore we support the play-based national Early Years Learning Framework. Early childhood educators understand that fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming.

Learning outcomes

The management committee of the preschool is referred to as the “Approved Provider” under the Regulations. The Approved Provider or the Management committee is responsible for the overall performance of the organisation.

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

The curriculum is developed around five basic principles, outlined here.

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Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 2: Children are connected with, and contribute to their world

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
  • Children respond to diversity with respect
  • Children become aware of fairness
  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking

Inclusion at Byron Bay Preschool

We have strong partnerships with other early childhood services and professionals such as Child and Family Health therapists from the Byron Hospital, NDIS therapists, Shaping Outcomes, Byron, ASPECT, and local schools. Collaboration between parents, educators and health professional ensures optimum outcomes during the early years and into the future.

Additional support to help children access the program is available through NSW Department of Education and Communities which provides the Preschool Disability Inclusion Program. Both centres provide an extra staff member for at least three hours per day which is partly funded by this incentive.