"The Early Learning Framework is based on research and perspectives from diverse fields of knowledge. It recognizes the distinct values held by families, communities, and cultures. The framework's six principles provide a shared understanding of how young children experience and interact with the world around them."


Principle 1

The early years set the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being.

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Principle 2

Partnerships with families and communities help early childhood settings to best meet the needs of young children.

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Principle 3

Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion is vital for optimal development and learning.

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Principle 4

A planned program supports early learning.

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Principle 5

Play is a means to learning that capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and exuberance.

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Principle 6

Knowledgeable and responsive early childhood educators and other early learning practitioners are essential to early childhood settings.

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"Their ability to inspire, and the impact they make on the children's lives, goes beyond words"

T. McKeon