The Early Years Learning Framework was developed by the Australian and state and territory governments with input from the early childhood sector and early childhood academics. It describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming.
Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships with family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community 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.
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.
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.
Text and image taken from Belonging Being Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Other resources are also available here.