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The Early Years Learning Framework has been developed to ensure your child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting. This is a vital time for them to learn and develop. The Framework‘s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. It is a guide for early childhood educators who work with children from birth to five years. They will use the Framework in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators, to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through their play. The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming. • Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong   because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place. • Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and   children need time to just ‘be’—time to play, try new things and have fun. • Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience.   Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age,   which shapes the type of adult they will become.   Adapted from: http://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning _framework_for_australia_information_for_families.pdf