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Key updates in the Approved Learning Frameworks Version 2.0

30 January 2023

Ministers have approved changes to the approved learning frameworks for early childhood education and care. Further detail regarding the changes can be found in the resources supplied by ACECQA, links below. Approved providers and services should become familiar with version two of the frameworks and prepare to implement these before early 2024.

Key updates to the approved learning frameworks are summarised below.


Strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives throughout the frameworks including the vision, principles, practices and outcomes.

Pedagogy and educator’s professional practice

Strengthening the link between the vision and planning cycle.


  • strengthening the principle of ongoing learning and reflective practice
  • introducing a new principle promoting collaborative leadership
  • introducing a new sustainability principle
  • strengthening the principle of high expectations and equity
  • updating the principle of secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships to include relational pedagogy
  • strengthening partnerships to include other professionals


  • clarifying the meaning of holistic approaches
  • strengthening the connection between play-based learning and intentionality
  • replacing cultural competence with cultural responsiveness
  • aligning assessment and evaluation for learning, development and wellbeing

Learning outcomes

  • expanding and strengthening guidance to support the Learning Outcomes

Greater focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

Integrating western and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives across all aspects of children’s education and care practice.

This acknowledges the important role of early childhood and school age education and care in the authentic advancement of Reconciliation in Australia.