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Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

We are currently revising the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). Find out more


The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) focuses on early experiences and learning from birth and gives best practice advice to early childhood professionals on ways to support children and families through the first eight years of a child's life

Learning and Development Outcomes

The VEYLDF identifies five key Learning and Development Outcomes for children:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children are connected with, and contribute to, their world.
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
  • Children are confident and involved learners.
  • Children are effective communicators.

Can you see the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes in your practice?

Filmed on location in two early learning services in Victoria, this video introduces and explains the five Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) Outcomes and provides a visual narrative of what these Outcomes look like in everyday practice.

Video transcript

Practice Principles

The Practice Principles are based on contemporary international evidence about the best ways to support children’s learning and development. They are interrelated and designed to inform each other.

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals.

VEYLDF posters

A set of 6 new illustrated A3 posters supporting the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) is now available.

One poster illustrates the VEYLDF Practice Principles for Learning and Development for children from birth to 8 years of age. The 8 principles describe the most effective ways for early childhood professionals to work together and with children and families to facilitate learning and development.

A series of 5 posters describes the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcomes. The 5 outcomes provide a shared language for all early childhood professionals and families to use when assessing and planning for children’s learning and development.

We hope these bright and engaging posters will prompt curiosity of and understanding about the VEYLDF and be a valuable addition to the current suite of learning and development resources.

Download VEYLDF posters.

Who is the VEYLDF for?

The VEYLDF offers a shared language that helps early childhood professionals work more effectively with other professionals and families in a range of early years settings and programs, including:

  • maternal and child health
  • child care (family, occasional and long day care)
  • early childhood intervention
  • family support
  • playgroups
  • kindergarten
  • the early years of school
  • cultural organisations.

Supporting the transition to school

The VEYLDF includes a set of Illustrative Maps developed for early childhood professionals to inform curriculum planning and pedagogy with young children, that link the five outcomes with the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

Cultural Knowledge Story

The VEYLDF's Cultural Knowledge Story, developed by Dr Sue Lopez Atkinson (Yorta Yorta) and artist Annette Sax (Taungurung), illustrates the link between the framework's elements: Learning and Development Outcomes, Practice Principles and Transitions.

Get started with the VEYLDF

Note: Hardcopies of the VEYLDF are no longer available.

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Other resources

Download appendix 2 – Overview of early childhood services birth to eight years

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