Early Learning Framework BC – 2008
Back in March 2008 I wrote a post wondering where the BC Early Learning Framework was as it appeared the government were making critical policy decisions related to it; yet many in the field had not seen the final version of it. I am pleased to advise that it has now been posted online. Government will be hosting training related to it in the future so check out their website to determine when this will be held.
The Early Learning Framework BC describes the vision, pedagogical principles, and key areas of learning for children birth to five years (before school entry). The framework was developed in partnership with the Ministries of Children and Family Development, Health and Education.
The document was designed to be applicable to all early learning environments, including child care, StrongStart BC programs, and any other pre-school and early childhood development or child health program. The framework helps programs build on their strengths and encourages in depth reflection on their practices and the development of children. Broadly speaking, the intended purposes of the framework are to:
- Support dialogue and reflection on the critical importance of development and learning of young children.
- Serve as a tool for reflecting on and guiding early learning programs and activities.
- Support discussion with and between families about their children’s early learning.
- Guide professional development activities and investments.
- Serve as a basis for discussion among community partners with respect to the early years.
- Create a shared image of the child that can guide efforts to promote early learning at the local and provincial levels.
The framework complements and builds on the BC Program Standards for Early Childhood Settings and the Child Care Licensing Regulations that requires child care facilities to provide a comprehensive program of activities that address all areas of child development.