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The British Columbia Early Learning Framework

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describes the vision, pedagogical principles, and key areas of learning for children birth to five years (before school entry). The Framework was developed in partnership with the Ministries of Children and Family Development, Healthy Living and Sport, and Education.
The document was designed to be applicable to all early learning environments, including child care, StrongStart BC programs, and any other pre-school and early childhood development or child health program. The Framework helps programs build on their strengths and encourages in depth reflection on their practices and the development of children. Broadly speaking, the intended purposes of the Framework are to:
  • Support dialogue and reflection on the critical importance of development and learning of young children.
  • Serve as a tool for reflecting on and guiding early learning programs and activities.
  • Support discussion with and between families about their children’s early learning.
  • Guide professional development activities and investments.
  • Serve as a basis for discussion among community partners with respect to the early years.
  • Create a shared image of the child that can guide efforts to promote early learning at the local and provincial levels.
The Framework complements and builds on the BC Program Standards for Early Childhood Settings and the Child Care Licensing Regulations that requires child care facilities to provide a comprehensive program of activities that address all areas of child development.
The companion document, “”, can be used as a professional document to support your own training.

The French version of “Understanding the British Columbia Early Learning Framework: From Theory to Practice” is now available online at:

La version française de “Understanding the British Columbia Early Learning Framework: From Theory to Practice” intitulée « Comprendre le Cadre pédagogique pour l’apprentissage des jeunes enfants de la Colombie-Britannique : De la théorie à la pratique » est accessible sur Internet à l’adresse suviante :

Curriculum-Wide Resources Mathematics

Great Beginnings in Numeracy
Friday October 22, 2010
The five senses connect the young learner to the world that surroumds them. Attaching concrete umderstanding to numbers at a early stage requires the inclusion of hands on manipulatives to make something such as ' five' have a visual and touch related reference. Number correspondence is the goal.

Be A Mathematician (BEAM)

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