My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia, also known as My Time, Our Place or MTOP, is Australia's first national framework for school-age care.
MTOP was developed by the Council of Australian Governments to help educators to extend and enrich children's wellbeing and development in before and after school and vacation care settings. It is linked to and embedded in the National Quality Standard.
MTOP is part of the Australian Government's National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. It has been incorporated in the National Quality Standard to support consistent and quality school-age care across sectors and jurisdictions. MTOP builds on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
[MTOP] is linked to the [EYLF], which focuses on children from birth to five years. It extends the principles, practices and outcomes to the contexts and age range of the children and young people who attend school age care settings.
[MTOP] exists to ensure that children in school age care have opportunities to engage in leisure and play-based experiences that are responsive to the needs, interests and choices of the children attending the service and that contribute to their ongoing development. It provides guidance to educators working with school age children in outside school hours care, long day care and family day care settings.
'Guide 3: Guide to the National Quality Standard', 2013
MTOP is aligned with and supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Educators guided by [MTOP] will demonstrate in their daily practice the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention). The Convention states that all children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities. The Convention also recognises children's rights to be active participants in all matters affecting their lives and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages.
[MTOP] acknowledges the importance of play and leisure in children's learning and development and that their learning is not limited to any particular time or place. Children's learning in school age care settings complements their learning at home and at school. Developing life skills and a sense of enjoyment are emphasised.
[MTOP] recognises the importance of social and emotional development and communication in learning through play and leisure, and it forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all school age care settings engage in quality experiences for rich learning, personal development and citizenship opportunities.
MTOP describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance children's development.
Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, 2009
'Guide 3: Guide to the National Quality Standard', National Quality Framework Resource Kit, Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, 2013
My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, 2011