Daily Communications as part of the Early Childhood Curriculum
With the new features that have been added to EarlyWorks’ Daily Communications (auto time recording and sunscreen recording) now might be a good time to stop and reflect on how we think about Daily Communications.
According to the EYLF (p 9) “curriculum means all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development.” It is clear then, given that much of the information recorded in Daily Communications revolves around routines, interactions, and planned and unplanned experiences, that Daily Communications is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum.
An area that services might like to reflect on, is how effectively the information recorded and shared in Daily Communications is used to open discussion with families (QA 6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities). For example:
- Sleep and rest observations might be used to share any decision making about strategies used to promote healthy sleep routines; (EYLF Principle 2 Partnerships)
- Menu information and recording of portions eaten, might be used to open discussion with families about cultural practices relating to food; (EYLF Principle 4 Respect for diversity)
- Notes regarding toileting and nappy changes, might be used to create consistency between home and service approaches to toilet training. (QA 6.1.2 & 6.1.3)
Services may also like to use Daily Communications as a springboard for reflection on how mealtimes are approached.
- How often is the opportunity taken to sit and engage with children during mealtimes and just notice the learning that is happening? For example, a child counting the grapes on his plate, or the child sharing knowledge about where milk comes from, or the baby who is using her hands to feed herself (Outcome Group 4 Children are confident and involved learners).
- Are mealtimes used to facilitate learning? For example, developing communication skills by eating with the children and modelling language (Outcome Group 5 Children are effective communicators) and developing social skills through modelling sharing and active listening (Outcome 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect).
When time is taken to notice and facilitate learning, observations can be recorded in Daily Communications’ individual comments. These comments are then accessible to families. The comments can also be used as evidence of learning to inform the program by using the green Extend button which turns the comment into the Narrative of a new observation.
Food for thought😊