The Early Years Learning Framework (ELYF) is the first national framework for Australian early years’ professionals. The framework emphasises being, belonging and becoming. It argues that belonging – having relationships and a place in people’s lives – is essential for wellbeing. Children need to be, to explore and make their own meanings of the world as they learn and grow, participate in society and become who they are to be.
In Social Inclusion the author states that “The Early Years Learning Framework requires us to think about our work with children and the learning opportunities we offer. Our work needs to be grounded in secure, loving and respectful relationships (between us and the children), and true partnerships with parents. We hold high expectations for each child and understanding that equity means we offer whatever support is necessary to enable each child to succeed (and recognise that the support we offer will be different for each child). In this way we demonstrate not only a respect for diversity, but a valuing of diversity…..
In reality all children are different and we work with children in ways that value their uniqueness.”