Decision-making process

Planned learning

The planned learning, described across the five learning areas of Foundations for Success, outlines crucial aspects of learning most relevant to the early childhood phase of life. Your in-depth knowledge of this learning will help you to support children's achievement of the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. 

The planned learning reflects the holistic nature of children's learning. The knowledge, skills and dispositions developed in one learning area will often be used by children as they learn across other areas.


You should use your knowledge of the planned learning to:
  • maintain a clear learning focus
  • guide your intentional and spontaneous curriculum decisions
  • build on the rich cultural, linguistic and conceptual skills children bring to the early learning program.

Planning, documenting and reflecting are ongoing in an early learning program, and should involve educators, children and their families.  

To plan for children’s learning, educators watch and listen to what’s happening to learn from the children and learn about them. These observations inform their relationships and help educators prepare environments, experiences and interactions that engage the children.

Educators should plan in a way that involves all members of the teaching team. Visible plans are important in an accountable and professional early learning program. They should be a work-in-progress, which the teaching team, the children and families can access. 

When planning for learning, aim for a balance of experiences across all learning areas, using a variety of environments, including inside and outside spaces and a range of pedagogical contexts.


Planning resources

Being healthy and safe

Make note of your strategies for developing childrens' social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Being a communicator

Plan how you will help children to explore and expand their use of verbal and non verbal language.

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Being an active participant

Explore ways to encourage children to connect with and contribute to their world by prompting care, empathy, respect and awareness.

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Being a learner

Document how you will encourage children to be learners and to explore, investigate and connect with people, land, place, time and technology.

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Being proud and strong

Map out how you will help children become proud and strong.

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12 Month Planner

A printable 12 month planner for mapping the learning journey over a year.

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Plan for learning

A template for planning and reflecting on learning experiences, with reference to EYLF learning outcomes and Foundations for Success learning areas.

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Learning area posters

Poster: Strong sense of wellbeing

Children develop a strong sense of wellbeing when experiences and environments feel safe and secure, educators promote independence and encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

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Poster: Strong sense of identity

Help children be proud and strong with experiences and interactions that promote pride and confidence, give a sense of belonging and connect with their culture and traditions.

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Poster: My learning journey

Printable poster highlighting the Foundations for Success learning areas and related ELYF outcomes.

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Poster: Effective communicators

Encourage children to be effective communicators by supporting use of their first language, providing multi-sensory interactions and using symbols and patterns.

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Poster: Connected and contributing to the world

Children are active participants when their experiences, interactions and environments promote care and empathy, support diversity and fairness and promote respect for the environment.

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Poster: Confident and involved learners

Support children to become confident and involved learners by building curiosity, encouraging problem-solving and using technology to investigate thinking.

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