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Links to the National Framework (EYLF) & National Quality Standards (NQS).

Kids with Backpacks

(Stone- MacDonald et al., 2015).


(Arthur, 2010).

Girl with Backpack

This project links to various EYLF learning outcomes throughout the learning process, learning, and development of children:


Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

(AGDE, 2022 P, 38)

Learning Outcome 4: Children Are Confident and Involved Learners

Sub outcome: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination, and reflexivity.

Sub outcome: 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem-solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesizing, researching, and investigating.

(AGDE, 2022 P, 51)



It is believed that children learn effectively when they show an interest in learning (Early Childhood Australia, 2021). As an educator, when planning or implementing any learning experiences it is essential to include children's interests (ECA, 2021). Similarly, the Project-based curriculum approach begins with the interest of children. It focuses on what children are interested in, what is children’s ideas and knowledge, and what children are keen to learn about (ECA, 2021). Similarly, when it comes to children's interests, motivation and engagement are considered crucial components of children learning and development (O’Donnell et al., 2019). Then, with the support of educators, children can begin their learning journey. Therefore, when designing any learning opportunities, it is crucial to include children’s interests and ideas to make learning meaningful, and relevant (ECA, 2021). To make it meaningful, educators need to focus on children’s age, learning style, skill, culture, and ability (Arthur et al., 2018). Likewise, the early childhood educator’s role is vital to assist children's interests, thinking, and learning (AGDE, 2022). Educators can support children’s learning by providing rich learning experiences, scaffolding learning, and encouraging and providing open-ended learning resources (AGDE, 2022). Therefore, children’s ideas and interests are key to beginning any curriculum design (MacNaughton & Williams, 2009). More importantly, partnership with children is important to make learning meaningful MacNaughton & Williams, 2009). Where children participate in decision-making by sharing their ideas and knowledge (AGDE, 2022).

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