Delivered by the Department in partnership with Deakin University, the free online professional learning program recognises that children starting school in 2021 may have a greater diversity of learning needs due to impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The program aims to optimise opportunities for play-based teaching and learning in the early years of school and develop and strengthen teachers' knowledge and understandings of the role of play and inquiry in children's lives and learning.

The multi-faceted program includes online modules, webinars, an online community of practice and a resource bank to support implementation of appropriate curriculum design and pedagogical approaches.

The program - available throughout 2021

The professional learning is designed to provide flexibility for participants to engage with relevant parts of the program to meet their learning needs at a time convenient for them and adopts an active pedagogical approach to foster interactive and collaborative engagement through four components:

Four modules that facilitate interactive online learning, with directions for practical application of knowledge in the classroom.  

Four webinars that link to each module to deepen knowledge and allow participants to interact with a panel of experts/key stakeholders to facilitate collaborative learning. Participants can attend the webinar live, or it will be recorded and available to be viewed at another time.  

Online Group will be created where conversations about embedding a play-based, inquiry learning approach can occur. This will allow for the development of a community of practice for the program participants, where practice implementation experiences can be shared, discussed and strengthened.

Resource Bank to inform learning and practice with links to websites for further resources and advice.

Please note, participants can register for this program throughout the year and will be able to access the modules at any time.



There are four online modules:

  • Module 1 - available online now: Understanding play and play-based, inquiry learning approach 
  • Module 2 – available online now: Planning and implementing a play-based, inquiry approach
  • Module 3 – available online now: Assessing learning through play
  • Module 4 – available online now: Play and differentiated learning

Module 1

• Module1.1 - What is play-based and inquiry learning? 

• Module1.2 - Differentiated through play-based and inquiry learning

• Module1.3 - Experiences and outcomes

• Module 1.4 - What does play look like?

• Module 1.5 - Play-based learning and general capabilities

• Module 1.6 - Building community - discussion and webinar

Module 2

• Module 2.1 - Introduction to Module 2

Module 2.2 - Linking High Impact Teaching Strategies to play-based and inquiry learning

Module 2.3 - Planning and implementing play-based and inquiry learning

Module 2.4 - Organising and resourcing play-based and inquiry learning experiences

Module 2.5 - Upholding Victoria’s Vision for Learning

Building community-discussion and webinar for module 2

Module 3

Module 3: Assessing learning through play

Module 3.2 Different types of assessment

Module 3.3 Assessment models

Module 3.4 Assessment of play

Module 3.5 Assessing language and literacy

Module 3.6 Assessing numeracy and mathematics

Module 3.7 Assessing Personal and Social Capability

Module 3.8 Building community – discussion and webinar

Module 4

Module 4.1 Play- based and inquiry learning is differentiated and inclusive

Module 4.2 Knowing students as players and learners

Module 4.3 Differentiation as a teaching approach

Module 4.4 Differentiation in practice-Goal setting

Module 4.5 Supporting dispositions for learning through student agency

Module 4.6 Building community–discussion and webinar

Resource bank

Webinar Resources