Early Learning Framework
This document, British Columbia’s Early Learning Framework, is intended to guide and support early childhood educators, Strong Start BC facilitators, early years professionals, service providers, communities and governments in providing rich early learning experiences for children from birth to kindergarten. The document may also be of interest for families with young children.
Early learning refers to the emerging and expanding of young children’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and creative capacities. All children are born with a curiosity about themselves, other people, and the world around them, and in this sense are born learners.
As they grow, they develop both their capacity and dispositions to learn through supportive relationships with their families, with other children and adults in their communities, and with their environments. Early learning is the foundation for lifelong learning, and the basis for individual, social, economic, and environmental well-being.
The framework describes in broad terms a vision, principles, and areas of early learning for British Columbia. It is designed to be put into practice in different ways depending on the circumstances of individual children, families, and communities.
For example, some Aboriginal communities have expressed interest in developing their own culturally specific early learning framework. This document can serve as a starting point for discussion.
The framework recognizes that, while all children should have equal access to rich early learning experiences, no two children are the same. Each brings a wealth of individual, social, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic characteristics to their learning. These differences enrich their own early learning and that of other children.
While influenced by these exemplary documents, this framework is meant to be uniquely British