Early Years Learning Framework

Exploring Tree follows the Early Years Learning Framework for early childhood educators.  BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a national early learning framework for children from birth to five years.


What is this Learning Framework About?

The Early Years Learning Framework has been developed to ensure your child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting. This is a vital time for them to learn and develop. The Framework‘s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.

It is a guide for early childhood educators who work with children from birth to five years. They will use the Framework in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators, to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through their play.

 The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.

  • Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.

  • Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just ‘be’ — time to play, try new things and have fun.

  • Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.


Play Is Learning

Play is very important for children. Through play, babies and young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create.

When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. This is why play is one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework.

By using this Framework, educators will guide your child’s play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments. 


Relationships are Key

It is well known that children learn best when they have secure relationships with caring adults. When children, from a very early age, develop trusting relationships, they feel more confident and able to explore and learn.

In early childhood settings, when children feel emotionally secure, they learn through play to develop the skills and understandings they need to interact positively with others and gradually learn to take responsibility.


How It Will Work

Educators will use this new Framework to ensure that your child receives a high quality experience. It has been created and trialled by experienced early childhood educators, academics, parents and carers. 

Through the Framework’s five learning goals, educators will assist your child to develop: 

  • A strong sense of their identity

  • Connections with their world 

  • A strong sense of wellbeing

  • Confidence and involvement in their learning; and 

  • Effective communication skills


Watching Your Child's Progress

Using the Early Years Learning Framework, educators will observe your child’s learning so they can build on it and plan the next steps.  They will do this by listening, watching and talking to your child. 

They will keep in touch with you regularly to discuss your child’s progress. They will use photos and keep a folder of your child’s work to show what your child is learning, how they are developing and what particular learning interests them.

Before your child starts school, educators will prepare information about your child’s learning and development to share with their new teacher. This will help ensure that your child’s new school is well prepared to continue your child’s learning.

Educators at Exploring Tree will also use an online system for observations, rooms programs, daily journals, photos and pictures of artwork, which will be available for parents to view. Parents  from the comfort of their home, office or anywhere, using the convenient App  have the ability to view each child's portfolio with their own secure login, with notifications to the parents when a new Observation or Daily Journal is published for them to see. 

To find out more or to access translations visit or ask your child’s early childhood educator.

(Produced by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments.)