About the VEYLDF

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

The VEYLDF has a specific focus on early experiences and learning from birth, and outlines the importance of the first three years of life in shaping learning and development, health and wellbeing. The VEYLDF was launched in 2009, and revised in 2016 to include the following changes:

  • reordering of the eight Practice Principles to begin with reflective practice as a defined skill in critical evaluation
  • changing the Practice principle ‘Family-centred practice’ to ‘Partnerships with families’
  • strengthening the introduction to each Learning and Development Outcome by including contemporary evidence
  • mapping the Learning and Development Outcomes to the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

Cultural Knowledge Story

In 2015 the Department of Education and Training commissioned Dr Sue Lopez Atkinson (Yorta Yorta) and Aboriginal artist Annette Sax (Taungurung) to develop an artwork and related story to illustrate the links between the three key elements of the VEYLDF (the Outcomes, the Practice Principles and Transitions). Read and view this Cultural Knowledge Story about the VEYLDF online or on page 38 of the printed version.

Mapping the VEYLDF to the Victorian Curriculum F-10: A continuum of learning

The VEYLDF includes a set of Illustrative Maps (referred to as Attachment 1 in the printed VEYLDF), which are designed for both early childhood education and care professionals and teachers in the early years of school to inform curriculum planning and pedagogy with young children. They support a continuity of learning between the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcomes and the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

VEYLDF appendices

There are five Appendices that support the VEYLDF. Appendices 1, 4 and 5 are published in the printed VEYLDF.

Appendix 1 – Overview of the roles of early childhood professionals that support families and children birth to eight years

Appendix 2 – Overview of early childhood services birth to eight years

Appendix 3 – Overview of resources that support best practice of early years’ professionals

Appendix 4 – Bibliography

Appendix 5 – Glossary

VEYLDF resources and communications

Background reading

Report on the 2015 consultations - August – September 2015 (pdf - 387.65kb)

Background Paper - VEYLDF Review and Update (docx - 159.25kb) provides an overview of the rationale and process for the update of the VEYLDF.