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    Hi I am new to the Early Years Learning Framework
    Are there any templates available to use for documentation?
    I have tried to look on the internet but can't find any templates
    that will help with how to document appropriatly etc... and cover all areas etc...
    anyone who can help in this area would be greatly appreciated

  • #2
    Re the good question about templates for documenting and the EYLF----There are no 'official' templates for documenting that have been produced by DEEWR. I think there maybe some commercial type products available. If you read through the Posts on this Forum, you will see lots of discussion about the best ways to document when using the EYLF and I think the answer is clear....there is no one best way and templates may prevent educators from finding their own 'best way' to document children's learning. Suggest you might find the ECA RIPS booklet "Getting Started" by Joy Goodfellow (available from ECA via their website) helpful. DEEWR have also published a Guide to the EYLF which can be downloaded from their website (google DEEWR).
    Keep in mind these questions when you are thinking about documenting:
    What is the purpose for documenting children's learning? or Why do we document?
    Who is the documentation for?
    Who could be involved in documenting?
    What ways do I currently use for documenting?
    How could I adapt my current methods or add to them to make links with the EYLF?

    Let the Forum know how you are going with this big question and keep asking questions...there are lots of educators reading and posting who can help!
    Anne K

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    • #3
      I agree Anne, take your time, read through the forum and check out others thoughts on this. Be mindful of "off the shelf" templates and systems - they may suit the thinking of the person who designed them - but do they fit yours and more importantly do you understand why they were designed that way.

      There is no rush to have a system that is perfect, nor is there one model that fits all settings. How can there be.

      Cheers

      Neville

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      • #4
        A good way to process is to find a service locally that have been using the EYLF and talk to them about what they have been trying. Its often good to find people who have already done some investigation and get thier thoughts and suggestions. Ask around people will know who might be good to talk to. This is where a strong network is great!!

        Also try talking to your local professional support agency - heres the link to the list http://www.deewr.gov.au/Earlychildho...Framework.aspx

        Ask them if they can suggest a way forward for you... they might even run some professaionl learning sessions you can attend! There is also good libraries attached to these services that you shoul ask about.

        Cheers
        Catharine

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        • #5
          Hi everyone thankyou all for your comments and suggestions,
          I am just having a bit of trouble of where to start, basically I am in Family Day Care so mostly I am on my own and all of the carers where I am are in the same boat, have been told we are supposed to be implementing EYLF but just don't know where to start and all this info is really getting to me, nothing seems to be straight forward saying this is what we need or this is what you will need to document
          so if anyone has any suggestions let me know.....
          in the mean time will check out other threads
          thanks everyone

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          • #6
            Family Day Care settings are such a great place for working with the EYLF as the EYLF respects every place where children, educators and families share an interest in children as learners. Suggest that you follow up on Catharine's ideas. There are other FDC educators reading and posting on this Forum who will make practical suggestions to help you I'm sure. I know it is easy for us to keep saying this, but it is true, the best way to start is to begin with reading the EYLF and finding one section which you think..."yes I get that or yes, I think I do that in my FDC work" and then read this section carefully and think about what you do well, what would you like to do better and look for help in the EYLF and in the Educator's Guide. Thinking about one small section or principle or practice is enough to say that you are beginning to engage with the EYLF and what it means for you as a FDC educator. For example, one of the principles is about children's holisitc development. What does that mean to you? How do you plan for or help children to develop and learn holisitically (all areas of development and learning)? What are the experiences you provide every day that support holisitic development and learning? Is it easy to do this for older or younger children? What areas of development and learning do you think you could plan more for? Would the learning outcomes in the EYLF have some ideas for that planning?

            ECA has 'Master Classes' (the title sounds a bit difficult, but they are very practical) on the EYLF and some of the video filming for these classes were made in a FDC setting. I think the classes are being revamped for technical reasons but they will be available soon...free and easy to use. Maybe Neville could tell us when they will be available as he was involved in their preparation.
            Keep reading and posting...lots of people who want to help.
            Anne K

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            • #7
              I agree Anne - its one step at a time. Maybe Smile you could read the EYLF with a view to finding something that makes sense to you. I have disucssed this appraoch with a numbner of educators and it seems to be less duanting! Those question that Anne has listed are great.. and write them down in a note book - it will help you rermember how far you have come!

              Catharine

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              • #8
                Hi thanks so much for the suggestions much appreciated, have just got hold of EYLF book so now at least I have a place to start
                and have ordered an education guide so that should be on the way soon,
                anyone needing one email the Dept of Education: dest.orders@bspg.com.au
                thanks again to everyone

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                • #9
                  Good luck with getting started---anyone who shows the level of interest that you do will be fine! As Catharine suggested, keep notes on what happens...your thinking and what you do as you become more familiar with the documents. Then keep us all posted via the Forum.
                  Cheers
                  Anne

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                  • #10
                    I also did FDC and the way I adapted the framework was quite simple. Each child had a folder with the framework principles, and codes that relate to each point. Each day (you could to it weekly) I wrote a few paragraphs about the day, learning that occurred, etc, as well as any photos that support what I was writing, then linked these to the framework (or codes I had established). The book getting started was a great help to me as well as the gov booklet, both mentioned earlier. I feel the more you read them, the more you 'get it'. Good Luck!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Lauren for sharing that approach, it certainly reinforces that reading through the EYLF itslef and the other supporting documents that are coming out helps to clarify your own understandings. The best thing is "it doesnt have to be rocket science". I lik ethat you have created a tool that enables/guides you to reflect back on your day andwhat they children have gained. Does anyone else want to share their approaches?

                      neville

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                      • #12
                        Hi Lauren, What a great idea- I think the hard part is thinking where to start and I agree the more you read the EYLF and accompanying documents the more it cements understandings and ideas in your practice. I think and what I really like about this document is that there are many place to start- some educators take the principles, some the ideas about practice and some have a look at the outcomes. Again the hard part is to take the plunge and there is no one right way which should make people more comfortable to have a go. It would be great to hear from people about how they made their start as it may give someone else an idea.

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                        • #13
                          For me who is ever changing my approach to documentation is the notion that the outcomes are ongoing. I personally don't think ( or hope ) I have learned everything and at the wrong side of 50 know that everyday I learn something new or am forced to re look at what I thought I new. So my thoughts are how does my documentation reflect the solid Principles and Practices outlined in the EYLF while ensuring children are working towards achieving outcomes? It would be so easy to think the outcomes are achievable and can be ticked off. I also have lots of' conversations ' with myself on how it might happen but struggle with time to have those conversations with all staff. How do others manage.?

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                          • #14
                            Judy, a reply from someone who is on the wrong side of 60! Dealing with the EYLF, with documentation and with any other professional matters is analogous to dealing with life -- changing, embracing new perspectives, being open are so important. It's good that there seem to be increasing numbers of people who understand that the EYLF and especially the outcomes and templates for assessing and planning aren't something to pin down, get right for once and for all, reduce to a formula or recipe. Jim Greenman once said something like 'Doing early childhood is simple only if you don't know what you are doing'. We need to constantly remind ourselves of the complexity and importance of what we're doing and to appreciate that we have to be continually thoughtful -- that is, full of thoughts!

                            Looking at the outcomes as something to tick off, and looking at them in isolation from the principles and practices, is not in the spirit or intentions of the EYLF.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Anne, I use a digital program for documentation which I found on the net a couple of years ago and worked with the developers down in Melbourne (I'm in Qld) to modify to my needs. Of course I appreciate that everyone documents differently and that it may not suit you but I'm a big believer in it. The program is called ClassMon and in it I can write up learning stories about each child (with photos and worksamples included), I can prepare a program for the class (emergent so I just add to it as the days progress). I can keep an individual program for each child by using the checklist feature and evaluate it regularly. I can provide a place for parents to add their thoughts to each story after I print them and add them to the child's portfolio (hard copy). The program already has the Early Years Learning Framework rubric included so you are not always looking up the hard copy, you just click on the outcomes that are applicable and they just drop in. I've actually had to add in my own C&K curriculum shared understandings from our Curriculum Building Waterfalls(in other words the rubric). But it does everything I need and more. There is the opportunity to show slideshows to parents of the children's work and play as well - a feature I haven't greatly explored as we still like to print out the documentation and put it into a hard copy student Portfolio. If you are interested in knowing more email me at gattonkindy@bigpond.com Anyone else on this forum is also welcome to enquire. Hope this helps.
                              Originally posted by smile View Post
                              Hi I am new to the Early Years Learning Framework
                              Are there any templates available to use for documentation?
                              I have tried to look on the internet but can't find any templates
                              that will help with how to document appropriatly etc... and cover all areas etc...
                              anyone who can help in this area would be greatly appreciated

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