Fostering active futures

Physical literacy is about so much more than your child ‘being active’ and ‘fit’.

Physically literate children also develop crucial cognitive, social and emotional skills they’ll use their entire lives. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Australian College of Physical Literacy to create an Australian-first early-years curriculum: Active Early Learning

Backed by the latest research

In partnership with the Australian College of Physical Literacy (ACPL) we are proud to introduce the Active Early Learning (AEL) Curriculum in our centres to support healthier, fitter & smarter children.

Edge Early Learning + Australian College of Physical Literacy + Deakin University +University of Canberra

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 promotes improvements in:

Self-esteem & enjoyment of physical activity

Fundamental gross-motor and fine-motor movement skills

Learning, memory recall and problem solving

Vocabulary, verbal and non-verbal communication

Teamwork, sharing, collaboration and negotiation

Social behaviours, bonds and relationships

Engagement both in and out of the classroom

Concentration, focus and planning

Classroom confidence and school-preparedness

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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.

The AEL Curriculum builds on over 14 years of world class research in this area – supporting your child in their lifelong health and wellbeing journey.


The AEL Curriculum promotes the development of stronger muscles and joints, but also assists in the development of important skills and behaviours required for school.

This means that your child will be physically AND mentally equipped for the challenges of day-to-day school demands.


Physically literate children demonstrate significantly increased vocabulary skills, cognitive development and behaviour – all of which translate to better academic performance (with a 20% improvement in NAPLAN scores).

This combined with improvements in concentration and task completion, help to support your child as they transition to school.

Frequently asked questions

How will it benefit my child?

The AEL Curriculum provides the best possible start 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?

One of the best things about the AEL Curriculum is that it builds physical literacy into the day, rather than being provided by an external party only at specific times. Our Educators are the best people to deliver this and the curriculum supports them to help each child on their personal physical literacy journey every day. This approach in developing our Educators has been validated in over 14 years of research.

Is there additional cost?

No, the curriculum and activities are all included in every child’s standard daily fees.

How do I enrol my child or find out more?

Speak to the Centre Director at your local Edge centre or contact us today!

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