Early Childhood

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

High-quality early childhood education and care are associated with improved outcomes for children’s learning and wellbeing. ​

When supported to develop early literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) through play and other meaningful day-to-day activities, children develop more positive views about how to express themselves. 

Early childhood educators, parents and carers have an important role in supporting the development of children’s literacy skills. There are many supports available and activities early childhood educators and parents and carers can undertake now to foster literacy capabilities in young children. 

Frameworks

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLD​F)

The VEYLDF​ is designed to advance all children’s learning and development from birth to eight years. The VEYLDF provides early childhood professionals with a common language for describing outcomes for children, and describes practice principles to guide early childhood professionals to work together to with children and families to achieve the best outcomes for every child. There are a range of resources available at this website to assist early childhood professionals to implement and embed the VEYLDF in their practice. 

VEYLDF Illustrative Maps to the Victorian Curriculum F-10

The Illustrative Maps are provided as examples to support a continuity of learning between the VEYLDF Learning and Development Outcomes and the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F-10. These Illustrative Maps enable early childhood professionals to plan experiences and opportunities that advance children’s learning.

National Quality Framework (NQF)                    

​​The NQF helps children get the best start in life by raising quality and consistency in education and care services across Australia. Education and care services must meet the requirements of the NQF. There are a range of resources available at this website to explain the NQF to families and educators. 

For more information, see: National Quality Framework (NQF)​

Assessment​

Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES)

Early ABLES is a new online assessment for learning tool to help educators create and provide a more tailored learning experience for children aged two to five years with disabilities or developmental delay. The site also includes the Early ABLES online professional learning module which contributes up to five hours towards the Victorian Institute of Teaching's annual professional learning requirements of 20 hours.

For more information, see: Early ABLES

Research​

Every Toddler Talking

Every Toddler Talking is a research trial investigating effective ways to give children aged birth to three a strong foundation in language and communication. The trial will run in seven locations across Victoria from February 2016 until December 2017 in a total of 21 early childhood education and care services.

For more information, see: 
Every Toddler Talking

Additional Reso​​​urces​ and Activities

FUSE (Fi​​​nd, Use, Share, Education)​

FUSE provides access to relevant, informative and ​engaging online educational resources. Within this site there is an early childhood portal with separate tabs for parents and early childhood professionals. 

For more information, see: FUSE

Premiers' Reading Chal​​lenge 

The Premiers' Reading Challenge encourages children to read a set number of books and record their efforts online. It's a great way to get young people talking about reading with their friends and pushing themselves to read as many books as they can.

For more information, see: Premiers' Reading Challenge