Practice Resources – Birth to Eight Years

Planning Cycle Resource

These sample learning and development plans are for educators working with children in early years settings. The plans focus on learning and development in the domains of mathematics and science, and are organised to reflect the age ranges birth to two years, three to five years, and six to eight years. This resource supports an intentional approach to children's learning, and supports educators to achieve National Quality Standard 1: Education program and practice.

The Planning Cycle Resource has been designed to:

  • demonstrate how the VEYLDF Early Years Planning Cycle can be applied to observe, assess and respond to evidence of children's learning
  • illustrate and provide a model for the teaching of specific concepts to children aged from birth to eight years within everyday learning environments.

Each Planning Cycle Resource includes both learning plans and sample evidence markers.

Sample evidence markers map the VEYLDF Outcome key components of learning to the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F–10. It is important to note that these are examples of planning and not comprehensive lists.

A young child with gumboots and raincoat playing in a puddle of water 

VEYLDF Outcome: Learning

Download a Word (docx - 1.58mb) or PDF (pdf - 447.17kb) version of the Planning Cycle Resource for the VEYLDF Learning Outcome: Children are involved and confident learners.

A young child's hand placing puzzle pieces into a woodern board 

VEYLDF Outcome: Communication

Download a Word (docx - 1.43mb) or PDF (pdf - 493.99kb) version of the Planning Cycle Resource for the VEYLDF Communication Outcome: Children are effective communicators.


Assessment of Wellbeing in Early Childhood  Education and Care: Literature Review Cover  Wellbeing Practice Guide Cover

Literature Review & Practice Guide: Wellbeing

This resource has been developed by the VCAA to support implementation of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), and includes:

The resource is designed to inform a greater understanding of wellbeing and its place as both a prerequisite for, and an outcome of learning.  It references the Victorian Government Child Safe Standards.

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.

Evidence papers on the Practice Principles

These eight papers document the latest research that describes what each Practice Principle is; why it’s important to teaching and learning; how professionals engage in best-practice; and the implications for best practice. The papers are available on the Department of Education and Training’s website:

A series of practical guides has been developed from the evidence papers. These guides provide practical advice to early childhood professionals about how to integrate the Practice Principles into their practice and are available on the DET website: