It's time to have your say

Engaged by all governments, a tripartite including Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology & Edith Cowan University, is leading the 2021 National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks Update project.

We are seeking your feedback to ensure the ongoing currency and relevance of our two Approved Learning Frameworks, for children and young people, families and communities, teachers and educators. This includes gathering diverse perspectives to identify potential areas for updating and improving these frameworks

The two national Approved Learning Frameworks that are included in this Update are:

  • The Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. EYLF outlines practices that support and promote learning for children from birth to five years attending education and care services such as preschool, kindergarten, long day care and family day care.

The tripartite partnership will be collecting feedback and insights in stages, and will proactively gather the voices of educators and teachers, children and young people, families, service providers, communities, peaks, employee groups, allied health and child and family organisations. In this process we aim to identify potential areas for updating and improving these frameworks.

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Project timeline

This project has two stages of public consultation to develop recommendations for the EYLF and MTOP Updates, and a piloting stage to test these recommended Updates with practitioners.

In all stages, it is the aim of the project to engage with diverse stakeholders. We have designed specific strategies to hear from children, young people, Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander peoples and communities, culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities, and families with children with additional needs.

Gathering rich evidence to inform stakeholder discussion paper

In this phase a literature review will be conducted of contemporary literature, other frameworks and curricula to identify possible areas for updating the frameworks. Following this, all stakeholders will be invited to complete a short online survey to gather feedback on current strengths and suggested areas for change of the frameworks.

Focus groups with authorised officers will glean insights on areas for updating ALFs based on authorised officers’ interaction with services through the Assessment & Rating process. The information gathered from all sources will inform the development of a discussion paper.

Gathering rich evidence to inform the recommendations for updates to the EYLF and MTOP

During Stage 2, stakeholders can feedback on the discussion paper via a second online survey or by written submission. Children and young people will be asked crafted questions about the discussion paper. Additionally, Delphi Discussion panels with stakeholders will be used to consider the information provided by the survey and children’s and young people’s voices.

Sector piloting/testing of draft updates to EYLF and MTOP

Eleven testing sites will be selected with well-regarded practice leaders. The eleven testing sites will utilise the workplaces of the six practice buddies that have worked in Stage 1 and 2 with the core writing group. Additional sites will be selected with well-regarded practice leaders. The proposed sites will demonstrate a commitment to ensure that a variety of service provisions are used so that the updates are examined across multiple and contextually different sites. The sample will be spread across states and territories, jurisdictions (eg. government, private, community based) and those that cater for different economic and linguistically diverse communities.