Early Learning Framework Principles

The Early Learning Framework is based on research and perspectives from diverse fields of knowledge. It recognizes the distinct values held by families, communities, and cultures. The framework's six principles provide a shared understanding of how young children experience and interact with the world around them.

Principle 1

Child finger-painting

The early years set the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being.
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Principle 2

Parent, children and staff sharing a story

Partnerships with families and communities help early childhood settings to best meet the needs of young children.
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Principle 3

Children building

Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion is vital for optimal development and learning.
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Principle 4

Children and adult in the garden

A planned program supports early learning.
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Principle 5

Children laughing together

Play is a means to learning that capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and exuberance.
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Principle 6

Infant helping set up table

Knowledgeable and responsive early childhood educators and other early learning practitioners are essential to early childhood settings.
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