VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminars

Leading assessment for learning and development to improve outcomes in early years networks

The first Early Years Twilight Seminar for 2019, held on Wednesday 13 March, was a panel discussion about leading assessment for learning and development to:

  • strengthen local decision-making
  • develop a shared dialogue between early years services and school leadership teams.

Assessment for learning and development is one of the practice principles of the VEYLDF, which sets out practices and outcomes to guide early childhood professionals in their work with families and children from birth to eight years.

In a discussion with Bec Haig (Director, DET Regional Services Group, Early Childhood Implementation Branch), panellists Dr Anne Kennedy and Matt Knight shared their experiences in working in a network to improve outcomes for children.

The seminar highlighted the Leading Assessment for Learning and Development: A Community of Practice approach professional learning, which will be offered to early childhood leaders and school leaders from May 2019 in five areas – Mallee, Wimmera South West, Brimbank Melton and Inner and Outer Gippsland.

Panel guests

Dr Anne Kennedy works as a consultant, researcher, trainer and writer, and was a member of the Charles Sturt University consortium that developed the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Anne was also involved in revising the Early Childhood Australia's Code of Ethics (2006).

Matt Knight is the Principal at Cobram Primary School and a local leader, with an active engagement in early years networks and communities of practice. Engaging with families early to strengthen learning is foundational to the early childhood services and schools in the Cobram community.

About the seminars

The VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminar series is designed to engage early years multidisciplinary networks and communities of practice. It focuses on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), evidence-based research, resources and implications for practice. Intentional teaching and instructional support is a specific feature of these interactive seminars.

The seminars are held at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in North Melbourne, and broadcast to network sites across Melbourne and Victoria via video conferencing, and YouTube live stream. All sessions are held from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Subscribe to the Early Years Alert to receive announcements about the seminars. If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact the Early Years Unit: or (03) 9032 1686.

Opportunities to support the seminars

The VCAA encourages early years multidisciplinary networks to host these events via video conference in local communities. To host an Early Years Twilight Seminar by video conference, contact the VCAA Early Years Unit at:

Recordings and transcripts from past seminars can be accessed on the Past Professional Learning webpage.

Department of Education and Training professional learning

To access DET professional learning modules go to the DET website:

Four modules of professional learning are available to help early childhood professionals to use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework in their daily practice.
The modules are available on FUSE as resource packages. Each module contains short videos with examples, exercises suitable for individual or team use and supporting materials.