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VEYLDF Revision

Overview

The VCAA is partnering with the Department of Education and other stakeholders to revise the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

With significant early years education reform in Victoria, the Revision will support early childhood professionals in their work with children and young people.

The Revision will draw on the strengths of the revised Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF V2.0), while also retaining Victoria’s distinctive focus on play-based learning in the birth to eight-year period and the continuity of learning between early childhood services and schools. The VEYLDF will also continue to support early childhood professionals as they work in collaborative partnerships, improving the quality of children’s learning and development.

Go to the current VEYLDF

Find out more about EYLF V2.0

Why we are revising the VEYLDF

The VEYLDF Revision comes at a time of significant reform in early years education in Victoria. The Revision ensures that the VEYLDF is informed by evidence-based practice and reflects the Early Childhood Reform Plan to deliver world-class early childhood services for all Victorian children and families.

The VEYLDF was last revised in 2016, following its initial implementation in 2011. It was based on the EYLF, which was also recently revised and released in January 2023. At the same time, the Victorian F–10 Curriculum is also being revised in response to the release of the Australian Curriculum v9. The EYLF and Victorian F–10 Curriculum revisions are an opportunity to revise the VEYLDF and strengthen the continuity of learning between them.

The Best Start, Best Life reforms are also transforming early childhood education in Victoria, including Free Kinder, continuing the rollout of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, and transitioning Four-Year-Old Kindergarten to Pre-Prep. The Revision will ensure the VEYLDF remains a framework for quality practice and play-based learning, as the sector evolves.

Find out more about the Victorian F–10 Curriculum Revision Project

Go to Best Start, Best Life

Timeline

The VEYLDF Revision will occur during 2023 and 2024, including initial stakeholder consultations in Term 4 2023.

The release of the VEYLDF Revision will commence towards the end of 2024, with targeted socialisation and familiarisation commencing from 2025 onwards.

 

2023

Term 4

  • Stakeholder consultation

2024

Term 1 – Term 3

  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Drafting of the revised VEYLDF
  • Consultation for Implementation support

Term 4 2024

  • Internal/National approval

2025

Term 1 onwards

  • Implementation of the revised VEYLDF
VEYLDF Strengths

While the VCAA welcomed the release of the revised and strengthened EYLF V2.0, the VEYLDF retains some distinctive features that reflect the context and priorities of the Victorian early childhood sector:

  • Strong visibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives throughout the document. The 2021 VEYLDF Implementation Evaluation found this feature is highly valued by Victorian teachers and educators.
  • Recognition of the entire ecosystem around the child, and the need for shared understanding and collaboration between early childhood professionals and partnerships with families and communities.
  • A focus on continuity of learning across the critical developmental period of birth to 8, including a major section on transitions and illustrative maps linking VEYLDF Outcomes to the F–10 Curriculum.

Stay up-to-date

Early Years Alert

VCAA Bulletin

Notices to schools

F-10 Curriculum Update

Contact

Early Years Unit
email: veyldf@education.vic.gov.au