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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby Lorina » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:31 pm

Hey Hwalsh,

Welcome to our forum :mrgreen: !

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...

Importance_Of_Play.pdf

Play_In_Early_Childhood.pdf

Value_Of_Children's_Play.pdf


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 :mrgreen: !

Cheers :geek:,
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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby hwalsh » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:08 pm

Hi Leah, thank you for the quick response. I am the educator at my service, so my work is of a high standard, it is trying to get others to have the same motivation as myself. So i am putting together a little "expectation" or "standard" that is required for the documentation of files and programming. So your page is food for thought for sure. The above questions are the same old questions i get from my peers, so i was interested in others opinions. Leah why arent you a director. I have been a director but took a step back in order to get more of a hands on approach with the EYLF. so far i think i have made the right decision, now to find that dream director position.

thank you for the play documents, i am trying to make a resource for the assistant and i guess the group leaders about the different styles of play and how they can identify children that need assistance etc, however you would think being qualified carer for 5-10yrs some of them would understand this, however i think this CHANGE is impacting in more ways then just EYLF.
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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby Lorina » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:25 pm

Hi Heather,

Just to clarify is this response for Leah or me (L.A)?

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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby claire911 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:25 pm

Hi L.A,

I just want to say "Thank you" for providing samples and documentation ideas! I was so lost but I feel a lot better after reading your articles...

Just like hwalsh I was up all night reading the articles as well :D ...I appreciate the time you put in to help others. I am soo glad I found this site..gonna recommend to all my friends! :P

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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby Cath27 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:18 pm

Hi everyone
I am wriitng to this post to inform you on a training nite we had the other week on the EYLF and what we are required to do to recieve high quality.............
I would love your feeddback as i am now confused even more and even when i pointed out the educators guide the trainer said the assessors will be looking for more..............so here goes

Firstly......
A group learning story everyday that includes Analysis of learning,the educators roles,linking to practices and principles and theorists then whats next and this activity is to be done the following week.....

Secondly
A project wall saying why you are doing it linking to the outcomes and centres philosophy,what the children said and any learning stories all to be displayed.

Thirdly
A learning story on everychild atleast once a month.....

This is the basics she \told us we need to be doing but now i am confused as I thought we could document many ways not just learning story................I work in a nursery and I am finding it very difficult to link to uotcomes as babies are more limited in their skills.........I owuld love direction and thoughts!
The paper work is overwhelming and many of my colleagues are struggling with the amount we need to do.....we are having a staff meeting soon I would love to share anyones ideas they use already......

Thankyou so much for any help I look forward to helping others where I can too :) Cath
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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby Lea » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:51 pm

Good Morning,

Really struggling with all of Early Years Learning Framework - does any one have a sample copy of a weekly programming incorporating all aspects of the framework?

Thanks,
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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby Lorina » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:09 pm

Hey Everyone,

How are you all going? I'm sorry for responding late I've been a little sick lately :(... and the weather here in Sydney isn't helping...LOL.. Not a fan of WINTER!!

Hi Heather: I take it from your last post that it was directed to me (L.A)...I completely understand when you say “trying to get others to have the same motivation as myself”. I was kinda the same way at the beginning. You know, I put in so much detail (such as writing conversations of children etc.) when writing obs, learning stories, making sure curriculum plan is linked with the EYLF but I’ve learnt to accept that not everyone is as detailed as I am. Yes, it can be frustrating at times when it’s not exactly done the way you want it but everyone has their own way of doing things and all we can do is support each other…

why arent you a director


In the past I did have an opportunity to take on a director’s role. Yes at the beginning it was exciting running a team; however I kinda lost interest in it after a while. As a director I spent most of my time doing administrative duties, handling parent concerns and dealing with staffing issues…I hardly spent any time on the floor with the children. I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do, sure the pay is great but it’s not me. My passion has always been about “developing children’s learning”. Just to see their smiles when you walk into the room or watch them grow and learn in front of your eyes…it’s amazing! I simply adore working with a group of children and if that means being a group leader then so be it…I can honestly say that I really enjoy what I do!!!

thank you for the play documents


I’m glad I could help you out! Yes, if your carer’s have that much experience like you mentioned then you would think that they would have a pretty good understanding when it comes to identifying children’s needs… it’s things like this that make me cringe!

however i think this CHANGE is impacting in more ways then just EYLF


In my opinion I think that some “childcare professionals” are so caught up with what they are used to and now adding the changes with the EYLF many of them have a negative attitude towards it. It’s kinda like “I’m giving up, this is wrong”. I agree I think you’re right, this change is impacting others in more ways!!!

Hi Clarie911:How are you? Sorry to keep you up all night! Haha… I think it’s kinda like reading a book…once you start you can hardly put it down! I’m happy to hear that you’re finding my EYLF samples and documentations helpful …I really appreciate your comments and “Thank You” for your feedback !

Hello Cath27: Welcome to the forum :D! Sometimes when attending workshops they can do more harm than good… I mean it can be very confusing to exactly understand what is required… I’m all for going to workshops because I think they are great at developing our knowledge however when it comes down to the EYLF each “company” has their own insights/ways of implementing EYLF. When you are implementing the EYLF within your service there is no exact way of doing it, so when you go to a training workshop about it, the “company” that is conducting the training will train you on how they do it… This ends up being very confusing like you said…

A group learning story everyday that includes Analysis of learning,the educators roles,linking to practices and principles and theorists then whats next and this activity is to be done the following week.....


In my opinion I don’t think it is necessary to do a group learning story every day…it’s simply not practical on top of everything else we have to do! I normally do learning stories on spontaneous experiences, children’s interests or special events. This could be once a week or twice a week depending on what experiences occur in the room. Yes when doing your learning story you do need to include the Analysis of Learning, Educators Roles, Linking with EYLF Learning Outcomes and adding a What’s next… I know it may seem like a lot of work but it’s really simple once you get the hang of it…My advice to you would be to use your Educators Guide which has all the Principles, Practices and Learning Outcomes. This should help you when writing up these components.

A project wall saying why you are doing it linking to the outcomes and centres philosophy,what the children said and any learning stories all to be displayed.


Never thought of having a project wall… I normally just add up my learning stories around the room on big displays… Sounds like a good idea though… I may still that idea. Hehehe… Everything you basically do with experiences/activities within the room has to be linked with the EYLF Learning Outcomes, principles and Practices. It’s also important to add “children’s conversations” to it…

A learning story on every child at least once a month.....


When working in the nursery it’s important to get a lot of your ideas from the parents itself as family input. Just say one of your babies went to the zoo on the weekend, use this info to add onto your program and then link it to the EYLF Learning Outcomes, Principles and Practices. Even when you are doing an art experience with your babies write a brief summary on what the children did for that particular activity, any comments the children made (I know their babies but you could even write down the sounds they made like “gagaga” while they were painting etc.) and add the EYLF Learning Outcomes, Principles and Practices to it…

At the moment the centre I’m working at is reading through the NQF (National Quality Framework) which is the newer version of Accreditation… It is definitely a lot harder to receive high quality standard… Check out the DEEWR site for more info…

Don’t worry I know it seems scary but we are all trying to learn the best way of implementing the EYLF at our own centre…

Morning Lea: I do have a sample copy of a weekly curriculum plan that I can share with you (which I designed based on what I understand on the EYLF and I’m currently working on)… This isn’t available live on this site yet however I attached the documentation below. I’ve also added “Explanations of the Changes made” which explains how to use the Weekly Curriculum Plan… Have a look at it and see if it helps you… Over the next few weeks when I get some time, I will look into it and write up an article on how to incorporate a Weekly Curriculum Plan within an early childhood setting… This should get you started for now! (Note: You must be logged in to download the attachment and you need MS word Office 2007 or 2010 to open this ".docx" file)

weekly_programming_template_final (1).docx


Explanation Of The Changes Made:

• I changed the headings to each of the Learning Outcomes, which I think will be a lot easier for you to plan your activities under the Learning Outcomes. So when you are writing up your weekly plan add each activity under the learning outcome that you want your group of children to achieve. Try and have a couple of activities under each of the headings. Don’t worry too much if at the beginning of the week your curriculum plan is a little empty. You should be adding the changes onto your curriculum plan throughout the week if you added anything or changed resources or equipment.

• In each of the boxes under the heading there are two columns L/O (learning outcome) and I (input key). When you write up each of the activities you need to specify which sub learning outcome and the input key (which tell you and others where the activity came from). Place an activity under each corresponding heading. For e.g. “Dolls and Dress Ups” under the Heading “Learning Outcome 1”. In the L/O box write 1.4 and then in the I column add the input code selected from the input key box I added.

• With the Input keys I’ve added both image icons and colours. When adding the input keys to each of the activities you could either draw the little icons in the box or you could simply use the matching colour and colour in a circle in the input column instead.

I think you should find this a lot easier and practical way of implementing the EYLF into your centre. If you have any questions please let me know and I’ll be happy to help you out further.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!

Cheers :geek:,
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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby Sonja » Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:25 pm

Hi Leah,
All is going well so far! We are taking one step at a time and trying not to get too overwhelmed by all the requirements of the EYLF as we initially did! We are only human and can only do so much with the time constraints that we work within! We are using a lot of trial and error to work out what works for us and what suits our centre and our families. Each week we make small changes based on what works and doesn't and hopefully we will come up with a system that suits all involved. There is still a lot of work involved but hopefully in the end it will pay off for us. Like the children themselves, the girls are learning at their own pace, depending on their indivual experience and knowledge of the EYLF.
We seem to have a handle on the Daily Reflections and The Curriculum Plan and this term we hope to refine our observation methods in order to ensure the content is more meaningful and clearly links to the EYLF. Like I said, approaching things one step at a time helps take a bit of the pressure off ourselves. Having said that, we still take work home but we hope to eventually find a happy medium with all the observations and porfolios that will will reduce, if not eliminate the amount of work we take home.
We all need to give ourselves a pat on the back for the great job we do with the children and families in our care. Our job is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do and it is often unappreciated and underpaid!
Thank you again for your continual feedback and updates. I visit the site regularly for the latest updates to pass on to the girls at work. I have given them all the details of the site as many are keen to join.
Cheers, Sonja
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Re: EYLF PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING DOCUMENTATION

Postby darmodina » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:42 pm

Hi LA,
Good day, i'd just only noticed the editable version of planning & documnetation- EYLF.
as i said before, i am using your templates as i found easy and understandable. I only changed the heading from time to time according to the evidences that i gathered to put in the curriculum. I really want to use the edited version, but i found difficulty in adding the name of our school with the curriculum plan heading. please help me to edit the sample format of the "our curriculum" as this is what may look like- e.g. " Our Curriculum- The School- LDC ( Darwin). i really don't know how to create like this title.
is there any possibility to create and edit the new version curriculum to be personalised to our own school??
i like all your resources and very happy of my work as far as EYLF is concerned which a learned from you.
i would appreciate if you can tell me what should i do to personalise the tiltle with the school name, as what my director would like to be.
many thanks and regards,
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teaching strategies

Postby hwalsh » Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:39 pm

Does n e one have anything on the different TEACHING STRATEGIES - wanting to use for a document I am putting together. I will share for those people who assist and of course n e one else as well please email to {Email Address Deleted by Moderator}
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