The Queensland kindergarten learning guideline supports kindergarten teachers’ professional practice in a range of contexts across Queensland. The guideline is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
While the EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten Year.
In Queensland, the Kindergarten Year is the year before the Preparatory Year of schooling. Throughout the Kindergarten Year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental, and learning is promoted through play and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.
The guideline recognises that parents are children’s first educators and values the vital role parents, carers and family members play in children’s lives and their ongoing learning. The term “families”, throughout the guideline, recognises the range of people who take on parenting roles and build close and supportive relationships with children in their home environments.