Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

The Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) lays the foundation for the Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan. It reflects cutting edge research and practice, policy directions, and aspirational outcomes for young children.


VEYLDF The VEYLDF retains and strengthens the three elements: the Practice Principles, Learning and Development Outcomes, and Transitions, and foregrounds four important areas of practice:


  • acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture
  • the birth to three period as crucial for mental health, wellbeing and long term success
  • responding to children and families experiencing vulnerability
  • building respectful and responsive relationships.


How do I get a copy?

Online copies of the VEYLDF are available here:

Please also see:

Hard copies were distributed to all early childhood services in June 2016.

Order an additional hard copy

Early childhood professionals, early childhood services, registered training organisations and universities can: request additional copies online. The following information is required:

  • contact name
  • service name (if applicable)
  • number of copies requested
  • delivery address, including suburb and post code (note: if ordering multiple copies, a street address rather than PO box is necessary)
  • telephone number.

To request additional copies, see:

Consultation process

The VEYLDF was revised in partnership between the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Department of Education and Training in 2015-2016.

A series of consultations was convened with key researchers, stakeholders, policy makers and early childhood professionals from early childhood education and care, maternal and child health, early childhood intervention, parent support and playgroups, schools, outside school hours care, and cultural organisations. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

For more information on the consultation, see: 

VEYLDF Consultation Report and Background Briefing paper  

Why should I use the VEYLDF?

Early Childhood providers can help raise the quality of programs using the Victorian Early Years Development Framework. A recent five-year study shows how program quality and selection can impact on children’s learning and development. ​​For more information, see: ​E4 Study

If you work in Victoria with children aged birth to eight, the Framework enables you to work more effectively with other professionals and with families. It provides valuable guidance for supporting children and families in their transitions through the first eight years of a child’s life. It provides a shared language, and guiding principles for achieving the best outcomes for every child and continuity of learning.

The Framework is used by a broad range of professionals across education in schools and early childhood settings, allied health, early childhood intervention, family support, supported playgroups, cultural organisations and more.

​How does it relate to other documents?

The revised VEYLDF includes Illustrative Maps that link each of the five Outcomes for Learning and Development to the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

The VEYLDF, the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) and My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia (MTOP) share the same five Learning and Development Outcomes.

The VEYLDF underpins a range of discipline-specific guidelines and practice resources for professionals working with children aged 0-8 and their families.

For more information, see:

Supporting Resources

For supporting resources on the VEYLDF, see: