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Early Years Professional learning

Early Years Twilight Webinars

The VCAA will be offering a series of Twilight Webinars in Term 3 and 4, to support engagement with new VCAA early years resources. The first two webinars will be hosted by early childhood consultant and VCAA Board member Catharine Hydon.

About Catharine Hydon

Over the last 10 years Catharine has worked at a range of organisations and governments to understand and articulate quality and inspire change. With a Masters degree in early childhood education, Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector beginning as a teacher in a kindergarten program in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to lead roles in a range of services and projects for children and their families.

Catharine draws on her experience and ongoing practice research to consider how theory connects and informs practice. Catherine specialises in early childhood practice and pedagogy, quality improvement, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Catharine joined the VCAA Board in 2019, and is also member of the VCAA’s Early Years–10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee.

Register for the following dates via the online registration form.

Wednesday 22 July: Children have a strong sense of identity

An introduction to the literature review and practice guide for the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcome Children have a strong sense of identity with Dr Jen Jackson (Mitchell Institute) and Danielle Anzai (Australian Council for Educational Research)

Dr Jen Jackson

Jen joined the Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy (Victoria University) as Education Policy Lead in 2019. Jen’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.

Danielle Anzai

Danielle manages ACER's early years content development and assessments projects, working on literacy, numeracy and Critical and Creative Thinking. Danielle holds a Masters of Education (Early Childhood) from Monash University, and has experience in Indigenous research work, as well as in international contexts.

Tuesday 8 September: Children are connected with and contribute to their world 

An introduction to the literature review and practice guide for the VEYLDF Learning and Development  Outcome Children are connected with and contribute to their world with Kate Noble (Mitchell Institute) and Pru Mitchell (ACER)

Kate Noble

Kate is a Policy Fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy (Victoria University), having worked recently as a parliamentary advisor in early childhood policy. Kate has a keen interest in environmental and social justice.

Pru Mitchell

Pru started her career as an early childhood educator, teaching in preschool and school-based settings across three states. As well as the VCAA series on assessment of early years outcomes,  Pru has been involved in research for the Victorian Department of Education and Training, reviewing online professional learning, and on early years transitions for children and families at risk of experiencing vulnerability, in conjunction with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

About the webinars

The webinars will be held from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

There is no cost to participate in these webinars and they are open to all professionals working with children birth to eight years, as well as students of early childhood education.

Please contact the Early Years Unit for further information: veyldf@edumail.vic.gov.au

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