Early childhood is a time to be, to explore and make meaning of the world. We create space for children to learn at their own pace, build relationships and discover themselves. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.