LEARNING FRAMEWORK or E.L.F.
Following the Early Years Study prepared by “McCain and Mustard, 1999” , the Best Start program has put into practice the main recommendation of the study, known by its name E.L.F. – Early Learning Framework.
“Early Learning for Every Child Today is a guide to support curriculum and pedagogy in Ontario’s early childhood settings. It is a living document that will continue to evolve as early childhood practitioners working in early childhood settings use it.”.1.
Early Learning for Every Child Today is a practical document intended to guide practitioners in early childhood settings and is based on the six following principles:
- Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
- Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children.
- Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion are prerequisites for optimal development and learning.
- A planned curriculum supports early learning.
- Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
- Knowledgeable, responsive early childhood professionals are essential.
ONTARIO EARLY CHILDHOOD PEDAGOGY: “HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?”
Following implementation of the Early Learning Framework, the Ontario Ministry developed a new document entitled “HOW DOES LEARNING HAPPEN?” in which the pedagogy applied in our programs is based. The four foundations of this new pedagogy are belonging, healthy development, engagement and expression, allowing children to flourish while growing up. This vision confirms that children are capable and curious human beings who are interested, able to learn regardless of their ages, skills, cultures, languages, geography or the environment from which they come.
Learning French as a mother tongue or second language happens when the child comes into contact with educators and peers, by participating in activities and routines that take place in French.