Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice -
Standard 1.1 Program: The educational program enhances each child’s learning and development.
Standard 1.2 Practice: Educators facilitate and extend each child’s learning and development.
Standard 1.3 Assessment and planning: Educators and coordinators take a planned and reflective approach to implementing the program for each child.
These activities have been designed to assist early childhood educators to explore their own perspectives and reflect on how these inform their educational program and practice from a more informed stance. The first activity will electronically summarise your responses to a number of stem statements. These stem statements are related to Standards 1.1 and 1.2, and cover important aspects of practice related to the implementation of the Quality Area 1. Educators' responses to these stem sentences can then be mapped across the different theoretical perspectives identified in the EYLF. This information will be finally displayed as a table - your 'profile'. By choosing the closest match to your practice and allocating that as your first choice (1), and then your next best match (2), on completion of the activity you will be able to see the perspectives from which you draw most frequently in your work with young children.
Activity Two assists with Standard 1.3 (above) and requires educators to consider their 'profiles', generated by completing the first activity, when responding to a set of guided reflection questions. These questions have been designed to assist educators to think more deeply about their practice from a more theoretically informed perspective.