Early Years Exchange

No. 12 September 2013

Welcome

Edition 12 provides information to assist early childhood professionals implementing the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

The focus is on supporting children's transitions and includes:

  • current Australian research about school transition practices
  • resources on daily transitions for young children and the importance of respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • examples of how early childhood settings and schools work with families and each other to support continuity of learning when children start school.

Advancing children's learning and development from birth to eight years is also a focus and includes:

  • an Action Plan with reflection questions to support assessment practices
  • an Evidence Collection Tool to support documenting and collecting evidence of children's learning and development
  • early childhood professionals reflecting on changes in their practice and examples of how early years primary teachers are using the VEYLDF in schools.
Dinosaur habitat group work photo

Dinosaur habitat group work photo

This 'dinosaur habitat group' is an example of integrated inquiry learning in the early years of primary school. While involved in a range of group and individual experiences, children are encouraged and acknowledged when they take responsibility for their own learning by demonstrating:

  • initiative, engagement and persistence
  • curiosity and eagerness to learn
  • reasoning and problem-solving
  • invention and imagination.

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