Departures from Tradition: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

Susan Grieshaber

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In 2009, the Commonwealth Government of Australia published the first national learning framework for use with children aged birth to five years. The framework marks a departure from tradition in that it emphasizes intentional teaching, learning as well as child development, a particular type of play-based learning, outcomes, and equity. This article analyzes aspects of the document that depart from well established approaches to early childhood education in Australia and identifies challenges for educators who are required to use the document. It concludes that ongoing and supportive professional learning opportunities must accompany the introduction and enactment of the document.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of child care and education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • child development
  • equity
  • intentional teaching
  • learning
  • outcomes
  • play-based

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