The Council of Australian Governments has developed this framework to assist educators to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. In this way, the Early Years Learning Framework will contribute to realising the Council of Australian Government’s vision that:

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

The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. The Framework has been specifically designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.

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

The Framework conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through the following five learning outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

*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

(p.5-8 BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia)