Early Years Development Framework

The Early Years Development Framework (EYDF)

The Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) was developed in 2011 to help childcare centres cultivate appropriate care and development practices, as well as create nurturing environments for children from birth to three years. It describes desired outcomes, key principles and practices for young children's holistic development and learning. The Framework provides educators with broad guidelines to plan and deliver developmentally appropriate experiences, strengthen home-centre partnerships, enhance professional development and foster community networking.

The EYDF 2011 is available in English and Chinese languages:

English language

Chinese language

The EYDF has been reviewed and updated. The 2023 version will be released in October 2023.

The Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) Educarers’ Guide (EG)

The  Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) Educarers' Guide comprises good suggested practices, activities and tips on child development for the early years. Theories behind the suggested practices and their relevance in supporting the development of children from birth to three years, are also included. Educators are encouraged to use the guide to reflect and improve their practices. Centre Leaders can also refer to it when leading their teams in professional discussions.

The review of the EYDF EG is currently ongoing. Stay tuned for further updates.

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