Welcome to Kindy College – Hurstville. We are a family operated Long Day Care Centre offering care for babies and children. We offer both a Nursery (0-2) and Pre-School Program (3-5) in separate rooms. We appreciate your interest in our centre and hope that Kindy College provides you with the solution to your childcare needs.
National Quality Framework (NQF) &
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
The centre acknowledges and implements practices that reflect the new National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The NQF is being progressively introduced from 1 July 2010 with services implementing the new system from 1 January 2012.
The best preparation for NQF is to be working now towards embedding the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) into practice.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is part of the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) reform agenda for early childhood education and care and is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
The EYLF outlines the key principles and significant practices that underpin and guide the work of all early childhood educators and clarifies current understandings about how young children learn.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
- outlines the kinds of environments in which children’s learning is facilitated
- highlights the desirable knowledge, skills and attitudes held by early childhood educators
- addresses ways children’s learning opportunities may be enhanced.
The goal of EYLF and NQF is to enrich children’s learning experiences through purposeful actions by educators in collaboration with children and families. The early learning environments the Framework applies to are services that cater for children in the birth to five age group, such as preschools, kindergartens, family day care, home-based care, occasional care, playgroups and long day care. It also encompasses home care, mobile services and multifunctional Aboriginal children’s services.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
Elements of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
BELONGING – knowing where and whom you belong, feeling like being of a group, a family, connected and having a meaningful relationship with others.
Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.
BEING – recognising the here and now in children’s lives, it is about the present
Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world.
Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.
BECOMING – reflecting the process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow.
Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.