The BC Early Learning Framework is a comprehensive document designed for educators, parents and families to utilize as a guide towards positive relationships, inclusive practices (culture, social and children with diverse abilities), and reconciliation within learning communities. While it was originally published in 2008, a revised version was released in 2019 after a collaborative process of consultation with early childhood educators, primary teachers, academics, Indigenous organizations, Elders, government, and professionals. This new version makes a purposeful effort to “resist language, concepts, and pedagogies that perpetuate legacies of colonization and marginalization of Indigenous people…(and)… strives to contribute to lasting reconciliation with Indigenous people.”
The revised version expanded its focus on children from ages 0-5 to 0-8, making its principles especially relevant in early learning settings, as the philosophies and concepts directly connect with the Ministry of Education in B.C’s Curriculum and Core Competencies. Pedagogical philosophies in B.C’s progressive educational system have a more interrelated approach than in the past, which reflects the holistic nature of learning that has influenced this framework.
Understanding this evolution in education should have a direct effect on how we perceive the early years and the types of opportunities, experiences and learning environments we provide for children before they enter the education system.