What does the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) say?
A key feature of the NQF is the introduction of a nationally approved Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The learning outcomes of the EYLF identify that developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures is vital for achieving cultural competence.
The EYLF is very clear about the importance of engaging interpreters.
“Your communication with families and children with the assistance of an accredited interpreter will contribute to the five learning outcomes of the EYLF as these provide early childhood educators with key reference points against which a child’s learning can be identified, documented and communicated to families, other childhood professionals and schools” (EYLF p. 17).
This will lead to learning about a child’s background and establishing strong and collaborative partnerships between families and communities. Sharing of information between families and educators with the aid of an accredited interpreter will further support open communication.
In addition, Principle 4 of the EYLF, Respect for diversity, outlines that “......Educators think critically about opportunities and dilemmas that can arise from diversity and can take action to redress unfairness. They provide opportunities to learn about similarities and difference and about interdependence and how we can learn to live together” (EYLF p 12).
According to Early Years Learning Framework, educator’s communication with families and children with the assistance of an accredited interpreter will contribute to the five learning outcomes for young children. These are:
1. Children have a strong sense of identity
2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
4. Children are confident and involved learners
5. Children are effective communicators
This module provides information about accessing interpreting and translating services in Queensland, information about cultural support workers and will walk you through steps that you can use to engage and work with interpreters in your early childhood education and care service.