Linking iKiSRL to EYLF

The Five EYLF Principles:
1. Secure, Respectful and reciprocal relationships
2. Partnerships
3. High Expectations and Learning
4. Respect for Diversity
5. Ongoing learning and reflective practice


The iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners (SRL) program can help services meet Principles 1, 2, 3, and 5.

Principle 1:

“Educators who give priority to nurturing relationships and providing children with consistent emotional support can assist children to develop the skills and understandings they need to interact positively with others. They also help children to learn about their responsibilities to others, to appreciate their connectedness and independence as learners, and to value collaboration and team work.” (page 12, EYLF, 2009) iKiFit SRL does this and allows educators to do this! Having the iKi principles allows children to learn their responsibilities as safe, respectful learners and enables them, from an early age, to learn how to interact appropriately with others.

Principle 2:

“Learning outcomes are most likely to be achieved when early childhood educators work in partnership with families” (page12, EYLF, 2009) iKiFit SRL encourages families to use the online tools and the language of the principles at home, so the messages are consistent. It also provides families with practical tips they can use for positive behaviour management.

Principle 3:

“Children progress well when they, their parents and educators hold high expectations for their achievement in learning” (page12, EYLF, 2009). iKiFit SRL holds high expectations and equity for all children. The pledge, principles and “Stop, think, and reflect” strategy are consistent to all children and all children are held to the same level of accountability and expectation. Children learn the pledge, principles and strategy themselves are able to implement it themselves in their play with others, demonstrating that they are competent and capable and that they are learning to expect to be treated fairly by their peers and that they are able to speak up if this does not happen.

Principle 4:

“When early childhood educators respect the diversity of families and communities, and the aspirations they hold for children, they are able to foster children’s motivation to learn and reinforce their sense of themselves as competent learners.” (page 13, EYLF, 2009). Establishing an iKiFit Crew that has children from a range of backgrounds/cultures in it, not only will demonstrate respect for diversity but also allow the children involved to see themselves as competent, which will motivate them to get more involved and give it their all.

Principle 5:

“Educators continually seek ways to build their professional knowledge and develop learning communities” and “A lively culture of professional inquiry is established when early childhood educators and those with whom they work are all involved in an ongoing cycle of review through which current practices are examined, outcomes reviewed and new ideas generated. In such a climate, issues relating to curriculum quality, equity and children’s wellbeing can be raised and debated” (page 13, EYLF, 2009) It is a requirement that all EC services engage in regular professional development. Hence the Long Day Care Professional Learning Program (LDCPLP) funding that services are receiving.

Our pilot program participants, Regand Park ECEC, found that “embedding the iKiFit SRL program has changed the way we implement behaviour management techniques and made us more consistent in our approach. This has led to us changing our policy, our practice and the goals and aims of our rooms” – Justine Richards, Owner/Director.

Practices:

iKiFit SRL relates directly to the following EYLF Principles: Holistic Approaches, Responsiveness to Children, Learning through Play, Intentional Teaching and Continuity of learning and transitions.

Learning Outcomes:

Using the iKiFit SRL program at your service will assist children in meeting:

Learning Outcome 1: Children have a Strong Sense of Identity
Especially L.O.1b – Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
L.O.1c – Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities – iKiFit SRL power positive names help you achieve this with your children!! Ask us How! 
L.O.1d – Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
Learning Outcome 2: Children are Connected with and Contribute to their World
Especially L.O.2a – Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation.
L.O.2c – Children become aware of Fairness
L.O.2d – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Learning Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Especially L.O.3a – Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
L.O.3b – Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing – this is why you need iKiFit SRL principle number 4 Eat Well Live Well!!
Learning Outcome 4: Children are Confident and Involved Learners
L.O.4b – Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesing, researching and investigating
L.O.4c – Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
Learning Outcome 5: Children are Effective Communicators
Especially L.O.5a – Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes
L.O.5c – Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media.