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Birth to 8 years

These Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) resources support early childhood educators working with children from birth to eight years. Printed copies of literaure reviews and pratice guides can be ordered online.

Children are confident and involved learners

The first section of the Learning Practice Guide reminds early childhood professionals of the theory and pedagogy that underpins day-to-day practice, and helps them find ways to recognise children’s confidence and involvement in learning as a key component of their professional practice.

The second section describes scenarios to prompt professional reflection, and illustrate ways in which early childhood professionals can improve their practice in relation to the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcome: 'Children are confident and involved learners'.

Read the Learning Practice Guide

The literature review Assessment of Children as Confident and Involved Learners in Early Childhood and Care 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. It 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'.

Assessment of Children as Confident and Involved Learners in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature Review (pdf - 848.47kb)

Watch videos about the assessment of children as confident and involved learners.

To order a copy of these resources, contact the Early Years Unit: veyldf@edumail.vic.gov.au

Children are effective communicators

These resources inform a greater understanding of communication. Children's wellbeing, identity, sense of agency and capacity to make friends are 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'.

Download the Communication Practice Guide

Read more about the assessment of children as effective communicators.

Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

These resources 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'.

Download the Wellbeing Practice Guide

Read more about the assessment of children's wellbeing.

Planning Cycle Resource

This resource has been updated. Please go to the Early Years Planning Cycle for the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework webpage

Becoming a Writer – A Digital Story

The VCAA, in partnership with Dr Noella Mackenzie (Charles Sturt University), has developed this literacy-based resource to support partnerships with families around children's learning, and planned and spontaneous opportunities for diverse drawing and writing experiences.

The resource explores three questions:

  • What do children learn about writing before they start school?
  • What do children learn about writing in the first year of school?
  • How can families help children become writers?

The digital story is also available downloadable brochure is available for distribution to families.

Becoming a Writer - Digital Story transcript

 

Additional Reading to support professional practice:

Teaching early writers: Teachers' responses to a young child's writing sample

From drawing to writing: What happens when you shift teaching priorities in the first six months of school?