Early Years Learning Framework

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Learning at Preschool

The learning program at Turner Preschool is shaped using The Early Years Learning Framework, a national document developed to ensure quality education programs are in place to support early learning and development. The Framework's vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.

At Turner Preschool, our teachers use the Early Years Learning Framework, in partnership with families, to develop learning programs that respond to children's ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through their play. Students are treated with respect and by valuing their uniqueness and what they bring to the school. We provide a supportive, welcoming and culturally inclusive educational environment where students feel safe and happy.

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.

If your child is diagnosed with additional needs or you think they will require some specific consideration, they may be eligible for additional Directorate funded 'Support at Preschool'.

Turner Preschool Philosophy

  • Because we believe in the value of play and that children learn best when engaged in meaningful play-based experiences, every day in our preschool you will see children engaged in unhurried, uninterrupted play experiences that support their ideas, interests, learning needs and culture in authentic, open ended environments.
  • Because we believe that all children are capable learners and come with a sense of agency, every day in our preschool you will see children co-constructing learning with educators and peers with opportunities to inquire, experiment, take risks, have a voice and celebrate their culture and achievements.
  • Because we believe that families are the first and most important educators of children and that children learn best when strong partnerships are formed between families and educators, every day in our preschool you will see open, regular and two way communication about children and their learning needs with opportunities for family involvement and input.
  • Because we believe that children learn best when they have a deep connection with educators who encourage children to inquire and take ownership of their learning, every day in our preschool you will see educators modelling just enough to show them how and why; listening, questioning and encouraging children to take risks.
  • Because we believe that children learn best when actively participating as part of a community, every day in our classroom you will see educators supporting children from diverse cultures, backgrounds and abilities to practise acceptance, tolerance, understanding and resourcefulness.