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New Wellbeing Assessment Resource

A Wellbeing Assessment Resource has been developed by the VCAA to support implementation of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). The resource includes:

  • Assessment of Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature Review (2015), written by the University of Melbourne, for the VCAA
  • Wellbeing Practice Guide.

The resource is designed to inform a greater understanding of wellbeing and its place as both a prerequisite for, and an outcome of learning, and links to the initiatives provided in the Department of Education and Training’s Respectful Relationships program.

The Wellbeing Practice Guide provides scenarios and learning activities to support engagement with key concepts of the VEYLDF, including Learning and Development Outcome 3: ‘Children have a strong sense of wellbeing’. The Wellbeing Assessment Resource is available on the Early Years webpages.

Maths in the Early Years

A recent Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers webinar ‘Supporting the cycle of teaching and learning through the early years’ is now available online. It focuses on formative assessment of children’s mathematical thinking to support the cycle of teaching and learning.

The webinar was presented by Caroline Cohrssen (University of Melbourne), Carmel Phillips (VCAA) and Mary Holwell (VCAA) as part of ‘Connect with Maths – The revised Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework for Literacy and Numeracy’, held in October 2016.

Children demonstrate mathematical thinking in diverse ways. This requires professionals who work in early childhood education and care services and schools to recognise this  thinking when it is demonstrated. The development of intentional learning experiences for children consolidates and extends their mathematical thinking. High-quality interactions with children create opportunities for professionals to extend children’s learning, model mathematical language and encourage children to articulate their thinking.

This provides opportunities for further planning, and for the cycle of teaching and learning to continue. It demonstrates how the VEYLDF intersects with the Victorian Curriculum F–10. For all children, this strengthens transitions from the home learning environment, to early childhood education and care settings, and to school. In addition to the webinar, there is also a PowerPoint presentation available.