English as an Additional Language

Supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL) at transition to school

This VCAA online resource provides advice and practical examples of how children and families from cultural and diverse backgrounds are supported to make a successful transition to school. It is designed to assist and guide early childhood professionals and teachers in schools. It includes case studies and video vignettes to illustrate the practices that early childhood services and schools employ to ensure a smooth transition for children and their families.

The Resource Booklet - Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Years (birth to six years) (pdf - 2.38mb) provides practical ideas, resources and references to support children from birth to six years old. It complements the professional learning program and supports early childhood professionals in their work with children, birth to six years from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Supporting English as an additional Language in the Early Years, (Birth - 6) (pdf - 325.56kb)


Professional Learning

FKA Children's Services has resources for early childhood professionals working with children birth to six years. For details visit the FKA website.


Department of Education and Training resources

Interpreting and translating services

Support for children in mainstream school

Talking in tune – working with interpreters This is a school-based resource that includes key information on the how to get the best results when having conversations with families for whom English is an additional language.

Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre A specialist resource centre for schools and early childhood services across all sectors.