Professional Learning

VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminars

The VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminar series is designed to engage early years multidisciplinary networks and communities of practice. It focuses on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), evidence-based research, resources and implications for practice. Intentional teaching and instructional support is a specific feature of these interactive seminars.

The seminars are held at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in North Melbourne, and broadcast to network sites across Melbourne and Victoria via video conferencing. All sessions are held from 5.30pm to 7pm.

These Early Years Twilight Seminars will be held in 2018:

  • Wednesday 7 March − Intentional teaching: Planning Cycle Resource
  • Wednesday 16 May − Transition to School
  • Wednesday 8 August − VEYLDF Communication Outcome: Literature Review & Practice Guide

Subscribe to the Early Years Alert to receive announcements about the seminars. If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact the Early Years Unit: veyldf@edumail.vic.gov.au or (03) 9032 1686.

Intentional teaching: Planning Cycle Resource

Register now for the first Early Years Twilight Seminar for 2018, which will feature the Planning Cycle Resource, a series of sample learning and development plans for educators working with children in early years settings (available from mid-February on the VCAA Early Years resources webpages). 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 support educators to achieve National Quality Standard 1: Education program and practice.

Seminar presenters Dr Caroline Cohrssen and Mary Holwell will introduce the resource and demonstrate how it can be a model for effective professional practice.

About the seminar presenters

The research of Dr Cohrssen, Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, has investigated quality adult-child interactions to support mathematics learning, and the influence of the home learning environment on children's literacy and numeracy skills. Her current research is investigating four-year-old children's spatial thinking in the year prior to school entry.

Mary Holwell, Program Manager, Early Years Unit, VCAA, has held a variety of roles in the early childhood sector (both as an educator and a leader) and has an interest in the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills in young children.

Opportunities to support the seminars

The VCAA encourages early years multidisciplinary networks to host these events via video conference in local communities. To host an Early Years Twilight Seminar by video conference, contact the VCAA Early Years Unit at: veyldf@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Recordings and transcripts from past seminars can be accessed on the Past Professional Learning webpage.

Department of Education and Training professional learning

To access DET professional learning modules go to the DET website: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/Pages/proflearn.aspx

Four modules of professional learning are available to help early childhood professionals to use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework in their daily practice.
The modules are available on FUSE as resource packages. Each module contains short videos with examples, exercises suitable for individual or team use and supporting materials.