EYLF & SCHOOL READINESS

AFRICAN EXPERIENCE IS CLOSELY LINKED TO THE BELONGING, BEING AND BECOMING THEME OF THE EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK OF AUSTRALIA &  SCHOOL READINESS OUTCOMES

BELONGING: ‘…Knowing with whom they belong and accepting it as identity…’

BEING: ‘…A time for children to be and seek meaning of the world and recognising the significance of here and now…’

BECOMING: ‘…Process of rapid and significant change…’

(Quotes from page 7 of the EYLF: A Vision for Children’s Learning)

OUTCOME 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

*Children feel safe, secure, and supported especially if they are a minority in their group AE helps to boost their confidence

*Children who take part in AE develop knowledgeable and confident self identities

*Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

OUTCOME 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

*Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

* Children respond to diversity with respect as they learn what others are about

OUTCOME 4: Children are confident and involved learners

*Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

OUTCOME 5: Children are effective communicators

*Children engage with a range of texts during AE story telling and gain meaning from these texts

AE is way passionate about this task!!!

The children’s ideas are influenced by many contexts and environments which they are exposed to deliberately and unintentionally. Role play, upbeat dance, unfamiliar music, dressing up in exotic costumes and listening to stories in a different language WILL assist in the following:

 Belonging Being Becoming. As they explore unfamiliar territory allowing themselves to make sense of the experience, results to another level of comprehension that counteracts inferiority complex and superiority complex. All children will respect and promptly integrate and relate.

 Emotional maturity – anxious and fearful behaviour

 Emotional maturity – aggressive behaviour

 Emotional maturity – hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour

 Social competence – responsibility and respect

 Communication skills and general knowledge

 Language and cognitive development – basic literacy

 Communication skills and general knowledge

 Social competence – responsibility and respect

(Quotes from pages 3 and 4 of the EYLF: A Vision for Children’s Learning)