The Early Years Learning Framework was developed collaboratively by the Australian and State and Territory Governments with substantial input from the early childhood sector and early childhood academics. The Framework incorporated feedback from an extensive consultation process, and underpinned by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) and its commitment to quality in education and care, with improved outcomes for young Australians.
The development and original framework of the Early Years Learning Framework was developed for the Australian Government by Early Childhood Australia in 2010, to provide ongoing professional support to services as they engage in the EYLF implementation process, and discussion of the early development can be found in
Foundations for learning: Relationships between the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (2011). The program was updated and expanded from the Early Years Learning Framework Professional Learning Program (EYLF PLP) to the National Quality Standard Professional Learning Program (NQS PLP). The NQS PLP has all the features of the EYLF PLP, along with a new focus to assist services to meet the National Quality Standard.
The EYLF takes up the challenge of the Melbourne Declaration; to respond to a rapidly changing world context. The EYLF is underpinned by the belief that education has the power to transform the individual and society. The Early Years Learning Framework is focused on learning and the role of the educator. It aims to guide the work of early childhood educators to enable particular kinds of learning and nurture all learners. The framework gives serious attention to essential elements of high-quality early childhood practice, including play-based pedagogies, strong relationships with children and families and intentional teaching.