Cairns TAFE Community Child Care Centre – Curriculum

Our centre runs a unique free flow program in the afternoon, incorporating the Emergent Curriculum and Early Years Framework.

What does free flow mean?

Free flow allows children to play indoors or outdoors according to their interest on the day. At our centre it means that in the afternoon’s children ages 2-5yrs have an opportunity to explore various activities in a range of learning environments with peers from different age groups. This provides children with the opportunity to create their own spaces for play in an environment that appeals to them and encourages mixed age collaboration.

What is the Emergent Curriculum?

An emergent curriculum is one that is constantly evolving in response to children’s changing needs and interests. It offers children a concept of learning that gives them the driver’s seat to discovering the world around them, by encouraging them to investigate life through their own interests. It is “child lead” or “child based” learning as opposed to “teacher directed”. Teachers become co-learners and researchers as they assist in gathering and providing information to enhance children’s learning on subjects of their interest.

What is the Early Years Framework?

The Early Years Learning Framework describes the elements essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.

For more information on curriculum please see reception staff.