​Practice Resources – Birth to Eight Years

Literature Reviews & Practice Guides

Learning

This literature review documents the research that underpins and defines learning for children from birth to eight years, and outlines children’s trajectory as confident and involved learners. The resource aims to equip early childhood professionals with the knowledge to identify and assess children’s progress towards the VEYLDF Outcome: 'Children are confident and involved learners'.

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Assessment of Children as Confident and Involved Learners
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Communication

These resources were developed to inform a greater understanding of communication. Children’s wellbeing, identity, sense of agency and capacity to make friends is connected to the development of communication skills, and strongly linked to their capacity to express feelings and thoughts, and to be understood (VEYLDF, p 22).

The Communication Practice Guide provides scenarios and learning activities to support engagement with key concepts of the VEYLDF, in particular the Learning and Development Outcome 'Children are effective communicators'.

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Assessment of Children as Effective Communicators in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature Review
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Communication Practice Guide
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Wellbeing

These resources were developed to inform a greater understanding of wellbeing and its place as both a prerequisite for, and an outcome of learning. The Wellbeing Practice Guide provides scenarios and learning activities to support engagement with key concepts of the VEYLDF, including Learning and Development Outcome 'Children have a strong sense of wellbeing'​.

Planning Cycle Resource

A young child with gumboots and raincoat playing in a puddle of water 

These sample learning and development plans are for educators working with children in early years settings. The plans focus on learning and development in the domains of mathematics and science, and are organised to reflect the age ranges birth to two years, three to five years, and six to eight years. This resource supports an intentional approach to children's learning, and supports educators to achieve National Quality Standard 1: Education program and practice.

The Planning Cycle Resource has been designed to:

  • demonstrate how the VEYLDF Early Years Planning Cycle can be applied to observe, assess and respond to evidence of children's learning
  • illustrate and provide a model for the teaching of specific concepts to children aged from birth to eight years within everyday learning environments.
A young child's hand placing puzzle pieces into a wooden board 

Each Planning Cycle Resource includes both learning plans and sample evidence markers.

Sample evidence markers map the VEYLDF Outcome key components of learning to the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F–10. It is important to note that these are examples of planning and not comprehensive lists.

 

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Planning Cycle Resource for the VEYLDF Learning Outcome: Children are involved and confident learners.
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Planning Cycle Resource for the VEYLDF Communication Outcome: Children are effective communicators.
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