Mothers Love Family Day Care follow the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). There are three concepts that come from the Early Years Learning Framework and that is Belonging, Being and Becoming.
- Environment supports belonging by being welcoming to children and families, warm and inviting, consistent and predictable and gives a sense of ownership and involvement.
- Environment that allows children to participate in decisions about how it is arranged, choice of available materials, provides sense of belonging.
- Children and families can find their culture, background, identity reflected in a way that makes them feel good about themselves.
- Environment that also includes parents—makes them feel part of what goes on too.
- Environment promotes/allows time for genuine relationships to occur— children and children, educators and children, educators and parents, parents and parents.
- Environments that allow time and space for children to lose themselves in what they are doing—open ended resources are more likely to encourage this.
- Space and time to be alone, to be together, to finish something, to continue something, to be with an adult, to be away from adults.
- Mixture of spaces—small, large, medium, private, open, secret and public
- Environments that provide time/space/resources to extend on children’s learning and interests.
- Environment that allows educators the time and freedom to connect deeply with children and their learning in order to guide/support where it goes to next.
- Environment where children have the chance to develop skills, recognise talents and potential for the future (how do we know what children will be good at if they have no time to get good at anything—blocks of time, repetition and time to practice).
- Materials that allow development of skills over time (not novelty art and craft).
- Environments that show educators understanding of how literacy and math develop and support children’s learning in these areas (not tokenistic reading/writing materials).
- Environments that encourage increasing independence.
Mother’s Love curriculum values the relationships between children, educators and families. We support learning through providing a range of meaningful, planned and spontaneous learning experiences that are developmentally and culturally appropriate and based on the skills and abilities of the individual and of the group. We place a high priority on the environment and sustainability at Mothers Love Family Day care. We have a range of sustainable practices throughout our centers to teach children about preserving the environment, encouraging them to become environmentally responsible and teaching them to show respect for the environment.