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logoThe Unit for Early Years Research and Development is taking the lead in implementing British Columbia's Early Learning Framework.

What is the Early Learning Framework?

The Early Learning Framework is a document developed by the British Columbia's Ministry of Education, with input from various partners, including early years researchers and practitioners from across the province.


The Early Learning Framework breaks new ground in setting a vision for the early years in British Columbia. The framework is based on the image of the child as capable and full of potential--an image that powerfully resonates with the portrayal of children in internationally respected early learning and child care programs. This image contrasts with that typically expressed in North American early childhood programs, which tend to see children as vulnerable and in need of protection.

BC's framework envisions early learning as a dynamic process, actively supported by families and other adults who care for and teach children in their homes and communities. Children, adults, and environments play distinct but interacting roles in promoting early learning. Importantly, the framework also recognizes children's strengths and abilities to shape the early learning environment as an important foundation for their growth as citizens of the future. The framework recognizes the child as an active constructor, with others, of knowledge and of making meaning of the world.


Implementing the Early Learning Framework

The Unit for Early Years Research and Development has partnered with Northern Lights College and Selkirk College to implement the Early Learning Framework in BC. Through this initiative, the Unit worked with early years field leaders to create examples to bring the Early Learning Framework to life. These field leaders then presented this information to others working with young children throughout the province, including early years practitioners and ECE college instructors

This initiative provides an opportunity for experienced early childhood educators, practitioners and college instructors to be actively involved in the shaping of new perspectives, policies and practices emerging through the Early Learning Framework in early childhood settings in BC.

To see reports and resources developed as part of the Early Learning Framework Implementation Project, and to read more about past and current events relating to the project, click on the publications and events links on the top menu.

  • Resources developed specifically for Early Childhood Educators are available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning/teach/training-and-professional-development.
  • Resources developed specifically for college instructors of Early Childhood Education are available here:
  • Module 1: Images of the Child

    Module 2: Images of the Family

    Module 3: Images of the Early Childhood Educator

    Module 4: Engaging with the Early Learning Framework

    Module 5: A Closer Look at Pedagogical Narrations

    Module 6: Planning, Creating, and Documenting Your Exemplar

    Module 7: Wrap-up and Where We Go From Here