Artarmon Curriculum

Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

Belonging, Being and Becoming
is the Australian first national Early Years Learning Framework for early childhood educators. The aim of this document is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years. The Council of Australian Governments has developed this Framework to assist educators to provide young children with the opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning.

The Framework draws on conclusive international evidence that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. It has been developed with considerable input from the early childhood sector, early childhood academics and the Australian and State and Territory Governments. 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 designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.

The Early childhood educators are guided by the Framework and will reinforce in their daily practice the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention). The Convention states that all children have the right to an education that lays a foundation for the rest of their lives, maximises their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages. The Convention also recognises children’s right to play and be active participants in all matters affecting their lives.

The three main components of the EYLF framework are:

BELONGING 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 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 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.

Reference:  BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia Reproduced by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. for the Council of Australian Governments.

School Readiness Program

As part of our Butterfly senior preschool room, we include a comprehensive school readiness program where our children are able to take part and focus on their skills for one hour a day. Our children will develop the necessary skills needed for when they go to kindergarten which includes literacy, numeracy, self-care and independence skills. This will be developed through letter recognition, name writing, cutting, number skills, simple mathematical concepts (addition/subtraction), science experiments and self-care skills (hand washing, toileting, sequencing, dramatic experiences, tying shoes and self-dressing). Our school readiness program coincides with the school calendar and offers a wide variety of learning. A reminder that although our school readiness program is focused on for one hour, we also engage in a range of skills, topics, interests and learning throughout the childs day that relate to school readiness concepts.

Our school readiness program coincides with the school calendar and offers a wide variety of learning.

(Sample Only)

 Week 1
Week 2
 Week 3
 Week 4
Week 5
School Holidays School Holidays School Holidays School Holidays School Holidays
Feb 31st Jan - 4th
Name recognition Introduction
7th - 11th
Fine motor control wk1
14th -18th
Fine motor control wk2
21st - 25th
Letters a, b, c
28th Feb - 5th
Numeracy Number 1 - 5
Mar 7th  - 11th
8th - 12th
Letters d, e, f
15th -19th
Self-care – washing hands
22nd - 26th
Apr 4th - 8th
Revise Learning
12th - 16th
School Holidays
18th - 22nd
School Holidays
25th - 29th
Letters g, h, and i
May 2nd - 6th
Self-care – putting on coats/jackets
9th - 13th
Self-care – putting on coats/jackets
16th - 20th
Letters j, k & l
23rd - 27th
Numeracy- addition
30th may - 3rd June
Letters m,n & o
6th - 10th
Writing name independently wk 1
13th - 17th
Concept - spatial (over, under, around)
20th - 24th
Revise learning
27th - 1st July
Letters p, q, r
Jul 5th - 9th
School Holidays
11th - 15th
School Holidays
18th - 22nd
Concept – he and she
25th - 29th
phonic words
Aug 1st - 5th
Writing full name – introduction
8th - 12th
Writing full name
15th - 19th
Letters s, t, u
22nd - 26th
Numbers 10 - 15
29th - 2nd Sept
Numeracy – subtraction
Sept 5th - 9th
Shapes extension
12th - 16th
Science – Colour mixing
19th - 23rd
Numbers 15 – 20
26th - 31st
School Holidays
Oct 3rd - 7th
School Holidays
10th - 14th
Letters v,w & x
17th - 21st
Writing full name independently
24th - 28th
Concept – same, different and patterns
Nov 31st Oct - 4th
Letters y & z
7th - 17th
Phonic words
14th - 18th
Self-care – tying shoes
21st - 25th
Self-care – tying shoes
28th Nov - 3rd Dec
Revise learning wk 1
5th - 9th
Revise learning wk 2
12th - 16th
Revise learning wk 3
18th - 23rd
End of School Term
School Holidays

Please Note that school orientation dates are to be confirmed by school and parents will be updated once we have been notified.