Early Childhood Curriculum Decision-Making Process

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The curriculum decision making process in an early childhood setting is “what children experience may be the result of something intentional or planned” (Goodfellow, 2009). What the children experience in each Early childhood setting will change depending on the centre and what curriculum they use whether that be the Early Years Learning Framework or the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines or a different framework/guideline. This assignment will critically evaluate Bright Beginnings Chermside West and how their curriculum adapts to the change in children’s learning. Bright Beginnings involve their staff members which includes the centre director when making decisions about changing or evolving the curriculum to best
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One definition of the best education practices is written by David Arendale from the EOA National Best Practices Centre, and he states that the best practice is “the wide range of individual activities, policies, and programmatic approaches to achieve positive changes in student attitudes or academic behaviours.” (Arendale, 2016). Another way educators could have the best practice is when they have “the aim of inclusions, they base their decisions on what they know about each child and their strengths, needs, interests and abilities.” (Owens, 2012). From looking at these definitions the “best practice” a teacher can have is to have the children’s best interests at heart and to teach to their strengths and help their needs, and to make sure everyone feels included. The QKLG states that to have an “effective and inclusive decision making” process teachers have to recognise the intentions of each child as well as the teacher, what the children are capable of and how much potential they have and to understand their diverse circumstances and abilities. As well as understand the hopes and expectations the families have for their children. (QKLG,…show more content…
To further talk about it the EYLF states “the process of gathering and analysing information as evidence about what children know, can do and understand.” (The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, 2009). And the QKLG states “the main purpose of assessment is to inform short and long-term planning to promote children’s ongoing learning”. (Queensland kindergarten learning guideline, 2010). At Bright Beginnings they use a form of authentic assessment as when the children do some form of writing piece or artwork it gets put into their folders for parents to look at and see how far their child has progressed over the year. And at the end of each day Bright Beginnings has a “Floor Book” which is another version of storypark where they sit the children down using Rug Rules (appendix 5) and they go through what happened that day and use definitions the children have given on what the topic of today was and they have photos to cut out of what the children were doing throughout the
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