Practice principles for teaching birth to eight years

Eight practice principles for early childhood professionals working with children from birth to eight years and their families.

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) practice principles provide a foundation for you to improve your teaching practice. Under each principle listed below, you will find a:

  • practice guide
  • evidence paper
  • video examples

These will help you implement the VEYLDF framework in your everyday practice.

These resources encourage critical reflection, discussion, debate and action. Download the critical reflection tool to read as you watch the videos to accompany your thinking.

The Practice Principles are based on the latest international evidence about the best ways to support children's learning.

Reflective practice - principle 1

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: Refelctive practice (docx - 33.26kb)

Partnerships with families - principle 2

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: partnerships with families

High expectations for every child - principle 3

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: high expectations for every child

Respectful relationships and responsive engagement - principle 4

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: respectful relationships and responsive engagement

Equity and diversity - principle 5

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: equity and diversity

Assessment for learning and development - principle 6

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: assessment for learning and development

Integrated teaching and learning approaches - principle 7

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: integrated teaching and learning approaches

Partnerships with professionals - principle 8

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Transcript: partnerships with professionals

Transcript: partnerships with professionals part two (docx - 26.56kb)

About the principles

Transcript: The ecological model of child learning and development

More reading

The Early Years Exchange is is an online resource developed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). It is designed to you to implement and embed the VEYLDF in your practice.