VCAA Early Years Twilight Seminars

Assessment of children as confident and involved learners

Book now for the second Early Years Twilight Seminar on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

The seminar will launch a new VCAA resource, Assessment of Children as Confident and Involved Learners in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature Review.

This literature review, led by Dr Jen Jackson and Dr Dan Cloney, sets out, in the context of the VEYLDF Learning Outcome:

  • how to define children as confident and involved learners
  • explores the principles for assessing children
  • a summary of tools for assessing children
  • an evaluation of these tools.

The seminar will feature both researchers in a discussion with Suzy Chandler, Executive Director, Curriculum, VCAA.

Panel guests

Dr Jen Jackson joined the Mitchell Institute (Victoria University) as Education Policy Lead in 2019. Dr Jackson’s key interests are education system improvement, and the research–policy interface, with a particular interest in early childhood education and care, having worked in early childhood policy and regulation, and completed her PhD on early childhood workforce development.

Dr Dan Cloney is a Research Fellow in the Education Policy and Practice Division and a Member of the Centre for Global Education Monitoring at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He is also an Honorary Research Associate of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Dan's expertise is in early education, cognitive development, and academic achievement.

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Register to attend

There are two options for participating in the seminar, which runs from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Attend in person at:

  • Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership (North Melbourne)
  • a network site in Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Berwick, Blackburn, Camperdown, Keilor, Mildura, Moe, Sale, Shepparton, Warrnambool, Werribee, Werrimull, Wodonga or Woori Yallock.

Watch a broadcast on YouTube, available after the seminar. This provides a great opportunity for educational leaders to meet with their teams, watch the seminar and explore this resource.

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, and YouTube live stream. 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.