Active Early Learning Curriculum

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Healthier, Fitter and Smarter Kids

Harmony Early Learning Journey have implemented the Active Early Learning (AEL) Curriculum as one of the core features of its curriculum.

The AEL Curriculum has been developed by the Australian College of Physical Literacy (ACPL). The ACPL team provide ongoing support to our centres including educator training. They make sure the curriculum is implemented using a ‘coach’ who works with our educators for them to deliver the lessons through each day. This is a proven approach to deliver physical literacy which as shown to develop Healthier, Fitter & Smarter children.

Physically literacy is about so much more than ‘being active’ and ‘fit’.  A physically literate child has the movement skills, motivation, and confidence to seek out and enjoy a physically active lifestyle now and in the future. This is so important to their development now and into the future.

The AEL Curriculum was informed by the Active Early Learning Study, a two-year research partnership with University of Canberra, Deakin University and ACPL. The study explored the core movement skills that are critical to our children’s development with activities threaded through the current curriculum.

Active Early Learning Study benefit areas:

  • Increased ability in fundamental movement skills building confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment across a range of physical activities.
  • Significant improvements in vocabulary and communication.
  • Improvement in cognitive learning which includes memory and problem solving.
  • Improvements in social behaviour such as teamwork, sharing and negotiation
  • Higher levels of engagement both in and out of the studios enabling the building of friendships and the ability to play together in small groups.
  • Improvements in the ability to concentrate and focus on each task, an important requirement for school.


The AEL Curriculum builds on over 14 years of world class research in this area and will support your child in their lifelong health and wellbeing journey. Proven to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors such as diabetes and high cholesterol.


The AEL Curriculum promotes the development of stronger muscles and joints as well as improvement in both gross and fine motor skills. Additionally, your child becomes ‘fitter’ in other important social and behavioural areas. This means that your child will be physically AND mentally equipped for the day-to-day demands of school.


Evidence from the Research group showed that active children perform better academically (20% improvement in NAPLAN). This is because children participating in the physical literacy curriculum also demonstrated significantly increased vocabulary skills, cognitive development and behaviour. Children were also able to concentrate on tasks for longer and complete activities. All of these factors provide a strong foundation for a positive transition to school-based learning.

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How will it benefit my child?

The AEL Curriculum provides a positive and engaging experience for your child at a critical time in their development. Not only does it build the fundamental movement skills that are so important for a lifelong health journey, but it also supports the critical developmental areas of vocabulary, cognitive and social skills.

How does it work?

The AEL Curriculum builds physical literacy into the day, either via short transition sessions that happen on a daily basis or via longer dedicated movement sessions that focus on building physical and other skills via engaging play-based activities.

More than 14 years of research has proven that using educators to deliver the curriculum is the best approach, and they receive training and ongoing support from APCL. Our educators are also in the best position to understand each child’s individual needs and help them on their own physical literacy journey.

Is there any additional cost?

No, the curriculum and activities are all included in every 3-5 year old standard daily fees.

Harmony in partnership with ACPL are collaborating to deliver a comprehensive curriculum that will encourage and promote your child’s physical, learning, social and emotional skills in a way that will support them throughout their life.

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