VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminars

Supporting children’s communication development through educator and speech pathologist collaboration

Don't miss out on the next Early Years Twilight Seminar, on Wednesday 8 August 2018, which will feature the literature review and practice guide to support educators in the Communication Outcome: Children are effective communicators. Registration details will be available from this page in early July.

The Communication Practice Guide can be used by a range of practitioners and leaders in early childhood settings to explore the assessment of communication through case studies and key learning points. The practice guide is an accessible evidence-based resource.

Presenters Mary Holwell and Robyn Stephen will introduce the resource and demonstrate how it can be a model for effective professional practice.

Download the Communication Practice Guide from the practice resources webpage.

Seminar presenters

Mary Holwell is a Program Manager at the VCAA. Robyn Stephen is a paediatric speech pathologist from Melbourne Child Development, consulting with teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists, paediatricians and families across Victoria.

Register to attend the seminar

There are three options for attending this seminar, which runs from 5.30pm to 7pm:

About the 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.

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: or (03) 9032 1686.

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:

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:

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.