My Time Our Place
"All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation"
My Time Our Place Learning Framework for School Aged Care
The Framework focuses on enriching children's wellbeing and development in school aged care settings.
Educators guided by the Framework will reinforce in their daily practice the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention). The Convention states that all children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities. The Convention also recognises children's rights to be active participants in all matters affecting their lives and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages.
The Framework acknowledges the importance of play and leisure in children's learning and development and that their learning is not limited to any particular time or place. Developing life skills and a sense of enjoyment are emphasised. The Framework recognises the importance of social and emotional development and communication in learning, personal development and citizenship opportunities.
The Framework draws on conclusive international evidence that children learn and develop the skills and behaviours required for active citizenship in a wide range of settings. It has been developed with input from children, families, the school aged care sector, academics and the Australian and State and Territory Governments.
More broadly, the Framework supports Goal 2 of the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians, that:
All young Australians become:
Confident and creative individuals
Active and informed citizens
The declaration also commits to improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
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