Early Years Learning Framework version 2.0

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) has been updated, the first review since its inception.

While the outcomes have not changed, the principles and practices have been strengthened, particularly between the National Quality Framework (NQF) and National Quality Standards (NQS) around transitions, sustainability, theoretical approaches, critical reflection, the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing and inclusion.

While 2023 was a transition year in which the two versions of the EYLF worked in tandem, from 1 February 2024, version 2.0 becomes the framework to be implemented.

ACECQA child safety review – no phones allowed

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has published its report into the recent review of child safety arrangements under
the NQF.

As part of this review, ACECQA has outlined 16 recommendations around physical and online safety, child supervision and staffing requirements which have been integrated into three key areas of:

  • strengthening child-safe governance, leadership and culture
  • embedding, prevention and early intervention
  • building and sustaining child-safe capacities.

One recommendation is that staff working on the floor with children should not carry personal electronic devices to take photos or videos.

While Federal Education Minister Jason Clare commented on Australia’s strong reputation globally around the NQF, he agreed further improvements could be implemented.

Discussions with key stakeholders will start early this year.

Michelle Thompson
Vice President Early Childhood Services