Early Years Learning Framework

Information on the Early Years Learning Framework for educators.

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.

It is expected that each early childhood service will develop their own strategy to implement the Framework.

The Framework is part of the Council of Australian Governments’ reform agenda for early childhood education and care. It is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. It underpins universal access to early childhood education. Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Framework is also available in 10 languages. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the translated documents, please contact 13 36 84.

Families looking for more information on the Framework can use the

guide. The Families’ guide is also available in 20 languages. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the translated Early Years Learning Framework Families Guide, please contact 13 36 84.

Resources for educators


assists early childhood educators to implement the framework in their service. If you would like additional copies of Respect, Reflect, Relate: Assessing for Learning and Development in the Early Years using Observation Scales, which is part of the Educators’ Guide, please contact the Government of South Australia Department for Education and Child Development Early Years.

The Practice Based Resources for the Early Years Learning Framework supports early childhood educators to use the Early Years Learning Framework in their everyday practice. There are also translated resources to support those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds such as: Living practice with EYLF, Connecting with families, posters and postcards.

Additional documents are also available such as the:

Support and training for educators

Training and mentoring services

The Professional Support Coordinator (PSC) and the Indigenous Professional Support Unit (IPSU) networks in each state and territory deliver training and mentoring services to Australian Government-funded services to support their implementation of the EYLF.

Contact details for enquiries about training on the Early Years Learning Framework are listed below.

Professional Support Coordinators (PSC)

Contact Details for Professional Support Coordinators in each State and Territory are available on the PSCAlliance Website.

Indigenous Professional Support Units (IPSU)

are available.

Development of the Early Years Learning Framework

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. The Framework has incorporated feedback from a consultation process, including two national symposiums, national public consultation forums, focus groups, an online forum and case-study trials.