Resources to support practice
Focus on Birth to Three Years
These video resources have been developed with a focus on children from birth to age three years. They have been developed by the VCAA in conjunction with Anne Stonehouse AM and Early Childhood Australia (ECA). These resources can be used independently by individual educators; however, they are more effective when used in small group discussions, led by a range of early years leaders, to reflect on their work.
What, why and how? Pedagogy with very young children
This video resource consists of two sections and a collection of notes to support its use. It portrays very young children as capable, powerful, active contributors to their own and others’ experience, and as partners who have a right to exercise and strengthen their sense of agency.
The videos and booklet are available from the What, why and how? Pedagogy with very young children webpage.
Babies and Toddlers: Amazing learners
This video resource is about children as active learners from birth. The three videos (Learning about me; Learning about others; Learning about my world) highlight selected examples of significant learning in the birth-to-three-years period.
The video is available from the Babies and toddlers: Amazing learners webpage. The accompanying booklet (pdf - 407.25kb) provides background and advice on how to use this resource.
VEYLDF Outcome: 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 links to the Department of Education and Training Respectful Relationships initiative (2016) and 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.
VEYLDF-FISO Visual Guide
A key part of the Education State program is to provide schools with clear direction and priorities to focus on student learning. The aim of the Department of Education and Training's Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) is to assist schools to focus their efforts on key areas that are known to have the greatest impact on school improvement.
FISO includes an improvement model that includes six high-impact Improvement Initiatives. The VEYLDF-FISO Visual Guide maps VEYLDF resources to the FISO initiatives to strengthen a common language between teachers working with children in the first three levels of primary school, and early childhood educators.
Download the VEYLDF-FISO Visual Guide (pdf - 1.17mb) from the VCAA website. More information about FISO is available on the DET website.
Assessment for Learning
This Assessment for Learning Tool (pdf - 202.66kb) can be used to guide team discussions about children’s learning linked to practice decisions.
A prompts section includes key questions to support recording children’s learning and thinking about the meaning of children’s learning. It suggests beginning with a proposed program plan and using all elements of the Early Years Planning Cycle. A fourth column supports ongoing learning and reflective practice.
Reflecting on all events and experiences supports practitioners to review and inform decisions about children’s learning and their planning.
Assessment for Learning and Development Resource
This Assessment practices in the early years resource focuses on learning and development to support implementation of the VEYLDF.
Six key themes are used to highlight approaches to assessment for learning and development practice and are drawn from the Report on Assessment for Learning and Development Project 2012: Transforming practice in the early years.
The resource is designed for early childhood professionals from a broad range of settings and service types and can be used to support individual and group learning overtime. This may include supporting pedagogical leadership, professional conversations and reflective practice across a series of sessions, such as team meetings, induction programs, continuous improvement planning, individual development plans, and joint professional learning programs in local and regional networks.
The following documents are available for individuals to download, and use in their early years settings:
Building Good Practice
Building Good Practice (pdf - 1.83mb) – This book provides early childhood professionals with different ways of looking at their practice, new ideas for thinking about children's learning and how they might interact differently with children.
Evidence Papers on the Practice Principles
These 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.
Eight Evidence Papers are available on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’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 DEECD website at: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/edcare/Pages/profresource.aspx