The Early Years Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework is an early childhood curriculum framework which guides early childhood educators in developing quality, early childhood education programs. The framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years, as well as their transition to school.

The 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 types of adults they will become.

The National Quality Standards (NQS)

Linked to the Early Years Learning Framework are the National Quality Standards (NQS). These set a high, national benchmark for early education and care.

The NQS brings together the seven key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children. You can read more about each here:

Services are assessed and rated by their regulatory authority against the NQS, and given a rating for each of the seven quality areas and an overall rating based on these results.

Learn out more about the NQS here.