Published on: 16 May 2024

In early 2022, our Early Learning Community took part in a trial stage of the updated Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), just one of a few schools nationally and the only school-based service in Western Australia. The EYLF is a national learning framework that guides teachers and educators in delivering quality early childhood education programs.

Our Early Years Learning Co-ordinator Chantal Widdicombe and the Pre-Kindergarten to Pre-Primary staff provided valuable feedback on the draft EYLF before its publication in 2023. Recently, Chantal had an article on how Christ Church’s Early Learning Community has reflected and responded to the EYLF updates, particularly in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, published in Early Childhood Australia’s quarterly publication ‘Every Child Magazine’.

In her article, Chantal articulates Christ Church’s steadfast commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment, rooted in our school’s foundational mission: “Boys educated to know, to do, to live with others, and to be.” At Christ Church, we are dedicated to providing children with the skills and mindsets to become lifelong learners and positive contributors to the world.

Steven Males, Head of the Preparatory School at Christ Church Grammar School, commended Chantal for her achievement, emphasising the impact of her work on our ELC team.

“Our ELC team, under Chantal’s exceptional leadership, consistently delivers remarkable results. Our participation in the review not only allowed us to contribute valuable insights into early childhood education but also provided an opportunity for us to reflect on and enhance our practices,” he said.

“Belonging and respect are the cornerstones of our school ethos. Chantal’s publication on this critical topic is not only significant for our institution but also serves as a poignant resource for fellow educators striving to create inclusive learning environments.”

If you would like to learn more about the fantastic work our ELC does, a copy of Chantal’s article will be kept at the Preparatory School Reception.