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VCAA Bulletin
No. 63 – October 2020
Feature stories

Planning for children’s learning and development in early childhood

‘The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework requires educators to observe, analyse observations and plan learning experiences that both follow learners’ interests and support learning,’ explains Dr Caroline Cohrssen, who worked with us to develop the Early Years Planning Cycle Resource for the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework(EYPC Resource for the VEYLDF), a set of sample learning plans that illustrate the process of enacting the Early Years Planning Cycle (EYPC).

Dr Cohrssen also explains ‘“Analysing observations” means that we need to assess what the learner knows already and what they may be ready to explore next. After a planned learning experience, educators are required to evaluate how effective their own teaching practice was, and to continue or adapt their practice accordingly.’

Mary Holwell, Manager, Early Years at the VCAA and Dr Cohrssen will be discussing the resource at the next Twilight Webinar with Catharine Hydon, VCAA Board member.

‘Each sample learning plan in the resource shows how the EYPC can be used to help educators cycle through the process of collecting information, analysing information, planning, enacting your plans and then reviewing the efficacy of your planning,’ said Dr Cohrssen, currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne and an Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong.

The sample learning plans focus on learning and development across each of the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcomes and are organised to reflect the age ranges according to which most early learning centres group learners (birth to two years, and three to five years) and for learners aged six to eight years.

‘A particular benefit of the work lies in the mapping of the continuum of learning from the VEYLDF evidence markers to the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F–10,’ Dr Cohrssen explained, ‘This is important because learning and development is both individual and variable across domains. So, educators can look at the sample learning plans that first seem to be suitable for the learners attending their program or in their class. Then they can look at the sample learning plans for learners who are younger and older as well.’

To hear more about the EYPC Resource for the VEYLDF, register for the Twilight Webinar to be held on Monday 12 October. Read an accessible PDF or order a copy on the resource webpage.

PESA students to shine in Wheeler Centre event

Photo of the three students in the Wheeler center event

(L to R) Oscar Pearce, Albert Park College; Tierney Khan, Cornish College; An Dang, Brunswick Secondary College

The Wheeler Centre will be running three online events as part of their Wheeler Education series, focused on bringing the world to teens, and teens to the world. The first of these, entitled Politics and the Power of Plain Speaking, will feature three Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) greats.

On Tuesday 20 October, An Dang, Victorian PESA winner 2019 and Tierney Khan, this year’s winner will deliver their winning speeches on Auslan and feminism, respectively. Following the delivery of their speeches, they will be chatting with two-time PESA finalist Oscar Pearce about why public speaking skills are so important, what makes a speech memorable and why teens are so passionate about social justice.

The VCAA Plain English Speaking Award is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15 to 18 years. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to build self-confidence and extend their skills in oral communication, speech writing and research.

This free event open to everyone and is particularly relevant for students in Years 9 to 12 and educators. If you would like to attend, book your tickets through the Wheeler Centre website.

Find out more about the Plain English Speaking Award on the VCAA website.