The kindergarten curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and embraces the inclusive vision that ‘all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life’.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes a vision of children’s learning, characterised by:
- Belonging: recognising that knowing where and with whom you belong is integral to human existence, providing a basis for children’s independence and relationships with others.
- Being: recognising and valuing the ‘here and now’ in children’s lives, and viewing childhood as more than simply preparation for adulthood or for the future.
- Becoming: recognising the rapid and significant learning and development that occurs in the early years, and the capability and potential of all children.
While the Early Years Learning Framework focuses on children birth to five years, the ‘Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline’ aims to specifically enrich children’s leaving in the kindergarten year.
In Queensland, the kindergarten year is the before the preparatory year of schooling.
Throughout the kindergarten year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.