Lifelong Learning Curriculum – Is Here!

Affinity Education Group is excited to announce the launch of the Lifelong Learning Curriculum, available at all Milestones, Papilio, Kids Academy and Aussie Kindies childcare centres across Australia. 

Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum is Australia’s most advanced approach to early education for children from birth to age five. The curriculum is based on the belief that the most successful learning and development outcomes for children occur when they are supported by nurturing and engaged educators, in partnership with our families and communities. 

This Curriculum draws on the best models of early education, contemporary research and evidence-informed practices such as Circle of Security, Abecedarian, and Project Based learning. 

In a national first for the early education and care sector, more than 2500 early childhood educators and early childhood teachers collaborated in Community of Practice sessions held nationally over three nights in March 2023, where Affinity Education Group Head of Education and Pedagogy Dr Lesley Jones and our Education team began the integration of the Lifelong Learning Curriculum, its programs and practices into our centres. 

Educators attend Lifelong Learning Curriculum training session - Papilio Early Learning Bruce ACT 

“Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum is Australia’s most advanced approach to delivering the Early Years Learning Framework for children aged birth to five years,” Dr Jones said. 

WATCH The Lifelong Learning Curriculum - a guide for families 

“Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum has emerged from a philosophy established by Affinity in 2015 and is based on what children learn, where children learn and how children learn. The feedback from our educators is that this really supports them as they undertake their observations of children and respond with thoughtful programming to deliver the Early Years Learning Framework 

This is distilled into three key age groups which enable early childhood educators to meet children’s needs.” explained Dr Jones. 

Healthy Beginnings (Birth to 1 year) The Lifelong Learning: Healthy Beginnings Curriculum emphasizes the establishment of secure attachments and positive relationships between babies and educators through the use of Circle of Security and learning zones focused on play schemas.  

Our Healthy Beginnings Learning Zones:  

  • Stretch & Grow Zone  
  • Cosy Corner
  • Completely Connected Zone
  • Discovery Zone  

Early Experiences (1-3 years) The Lifelong Learning Early Experiences Curriculum emphasizes the development of Toddlers’ language and social development using the Abecedarian approach within our intentional learning zones focused on play schemas.  

Our Early Experiences Learning Zones:  

  • Discovery Zone  
  • Toddler Talk  
  • Book Nook  
  • Little Artists  
  • Imagination Station
  • Completely Connected 
  • Move and Groove Zone
  • Construction Zone  

School Readiness (3-5 years) The Lifelong Learning: School Readiness Curriculum emphasizes enquiry-based projects and foundation academic skills to support children’s development of key 21st-century school-readiness.  

Some of our School Readiness Programs:  

  • Big Thinkers STEM  
  • Aussie Wildlife Champions  
  • Positive Living Skills  

If you would like to learn more about our Lifelong Learning Curriculum, call our team on 1800 CHILDCARE or find your nearest centre and book a tour or free stay-and-play session! 



Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Affinity Education community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land sea and community.

We pay our respect to their elders past and present and the extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples today.