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Just wanted to share my thoughts on the questions you have about the EYLF...
Do you link your learning stories with the learning outcomes, principles and practices?
Yes, all your learning stories should be linked with the EYLF Learning Outcomes/Principles/Practices. I normally add these at the bottom of the learning story. I use sub headings and I write what I believe were the relevant Learning Outcomes/Principles/Practices are. When adding the EYLF Learning Outcomes it's a good idea to list 2-3 different outcomes for your learning story because most of the time the children achieve more than one, so you can list a couple. For Principles and Practices I normally add only one for each.
do you still do observations?
Yes, child observations are still maintained however it does change a little to fit into the elements of the EYLF.If you haven't already take a look at the article I wrote called "EYLF Documentation & Planning". At the bottom I write about Child Observations. This should give you an idea about how to do Child Observations using the EYLF... Click here to read...
how many learning stories/observations do you do per child?
At my centre I do one child observation a month which I believe is sufficient enough. In regards to learning stories there isn't a set limit I would necessary do per child. I write learning stories about events/spontaneous/interest that emerge. Sometimes this happens once a week or a couple times a week... Learning stories could be about a group experience or an individual child experience. If using a group experience I will include all the children involved in that experience and individualize the learning stories to each particular child, I also include what they said, photos etc..
You can also include a learning story as part of a child observation and use the learning story itself as part of an assessment tool. For e.g. this month you could use a child observation format and then next month you can use a learning story.. as long as the learning story is individualized to that particular child and you add the EYLF Learning Outcomes as well as "extended learning opportunities" then it should be fine!
Do you have any information regarding the different style/types of play, wanting to do some staff training to add with observation and what staff need to be looking for while observing.
I had a look through my Resources and I did find some information you can possibly use to help train your staff... I've attached them below.. If you require more info let me know and I will try and get my hands on some more info for you... Feel free to let me know...
Thank you for your effort and the free resources, i have come across alot of sites wanting hundreds of dollars and as you know child care workers we arent on the best wage.
I really appreciate your comments... I am very happy that you noticed this... I've also realized how much profit is being made in regards to EYLF Documentation and Information..I believe if you have the knowledge then it should be freely shared not bought... Our team believes that you can't put a price on knowledge...
Thank you once again for your comments !