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The National Law and National Regulations require an Approved Service to provide a program that is:
The educational program should contribute to the following outcomes:
There are two national approved learning frameworks:
There are also jurisdiction-specific declared approved learning frameworks:
The approved national learning frameworks outline that assessment is a process used by educators to gather information about what children know, understand and can do. This information should be analysed by educators to plan effectively for each child’s learning. Assessment information can also be used by educators to reflect on their own values, beliefs and teaching practices, and to communicate about children’s learning with children and their families.
Assessment documentation must be kept for each child. There is no prescribed method in the National Law or National Regulations for documenting assessment of children’s learning.
For children who are preschool age and under, this documentation should include:
The Educators’ Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework (pages 37–41) provides further information about assessment for learning.
For children who are over preschool age, this documentation should focus on evaluations of the child’s wellbeing, development and learning within the educational program.
Consideration should also be given to the period of time a child is educated and cared for by the service (for example, full-time or part-time attendance), how the documentation will be used by the educators and ensuring the documents are easily understandable by parents of the child.
Information about the educational program must be displayed at the service in a place that is easily accessible to parents. For a Family day care service, the program must be available at each family day care residence or venue.
The following information must be given to a child’s parents when requested: