Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licenced children’s services and peak bodies

EC018-2013 New Online Format for Inspire Magazine

Main Points

  • Inspire has moved to an online format and can now be found on the DEECD public website from 5 March 2013.
  • This transition from print to online is due to the greater level of flexibility and functionality in a digital format, and in response to an increased use among readers of mobile devices such as smart phones and iPads.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for Inspire to become a more up-to-date and interactive source of news and information for early childhood professionals.
  • Inspire remains a popular communication vehicle for early childhood professionals and the Department and will continue to build on its existing readership during this next exciting phase.

Actions Required

Please bookmark the following link to Inspire:
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/news/inspire/Pages/default.aspx

Critical Dates

  • The first online edition of Inspire magazine was published on 5 March 2013.

Additional Information

  • Further information regarding the new online format for Inspire will be announced during the year including: the addition of video footage, story archiving, links to social media, RSS feeds that will allow you to access the latest items available within the DEECD website, and other online platforms such as apps. 

 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licensed children’s services, assistant regional directors children and youth services, children and youth services managers and quality assessment and regulation managers

EC007-2012 Release of Strength-based Approach: A Guide to Writing Transition Learning and Development Statements

Main Points

  • The Transition Learning and Development Statement summarises a child’s strengths as they start school, identifies their interests and indicates how they can be supported to continue on their learning journey. It provides a common approach to supporting children’s transition from early childhood settings into primary school and assists prep teachers and outside school hours care services to plan appropriate learning programs to meet the individual needs of children.
  • The purpose of the guide is to deepen educator understanding of the strength-based approach, dispel misconceptions about the approach and to provide practical examples of Transition Learning and Development Statements applying the strength-based approach.
  • The guide was developed in consultation with early childhood and primary school educators, professionals, academics and stakeholders and can be downloaded at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/earlylearning/transitionschool/default.htm

Actions Required

Critical Dates

  • N/A

Additional Information

 


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licensed children’s services, peak bodies, regional directors, assistant regional directors children and youth services, children and youth services managers

EC005-2012 Practice Guides on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

Main Points

  • Practice guides written for the Department by Dr Anne Kennedy and Anne Stonehouse are now available online.
  • The guides cover the following practice principles in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF):
    • Family-centred Practice
    • High Expectations for Every Child
    • Respectful Relationships and Responsive Engagement
    • Reflective Practice
  • Each guide includes real examples of the principle from a range of early childhood professionals in a range of settings. They look at what each practice principle is, why it is important, and how to put it into practice.

Actions Required

Critical Dates

  • These practice guides are part of a series of eight guides on the VEYLDF practice principles. The remaining four guides will be released in mid 2012.

Additional Information

 


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licensed children’s services and peak bodies Online Modules on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

Main Points

  • The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework advances all children’s learning and development from birth to eight years. It does this by supporting all early childhood professionals to work together and with families to achieve the learning and development outcomes for all children.
  • To support professionals who cannot attend the professional development sessions on the framework, the Department is producing a total of four online training modules.
  • Module 1: An Introduction to the Victorian Framework and Reflective Practice and Module 2: Working Together Collaborative Practice Principles are already online. Module 3: An introduction to Effective Practice is now also available at: www.education.vic.gov.au/earlylearning/eyldf/profdevel.htm
  • Each module contains a series of short video recordings with supporting written resources.

Actions Required

Additional Information

  • Module 4: Curriculum Decision Making Using the Outcomes will be available in the coming months.


EARLY CHILDHOOD QUALIFICATIONS FUND

In November 2008, the Victorian Government released an early childhood workforce strategy, Improving Victoria's Early Chidlhood Workforce.
The strategy includes a range of initiatives to respond to growing demand for qualified early childhood professionals.One of the key initiatives announced as part of this strategy is the Early Childhood Qualifications Fund which will provide support for early childhood educators to upgrade or attain an early chidlhood qualification.

For further information on what's available and how to apply go to http://www.education.vic.gov.au/careers/earlychildhood/scholarships/fund.htm


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licensed children’s services and peak bodies

EC038-2011 New Resources on the VEYLDF Practice Principles Available Online

Main Points

  • Evidence papers on the Practice Principles outlined in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) are now available online.
  • The papers describe what each practice principle is; why it is important; how professionals engage in best-practice; and the implications for best practice, drawing on the latest research.
  • These papers will help early childhood professionals, students and others in the sector to engage in depth with the VEYLDF and contemporary research on early childhood education pedagogy and practice.
  • The evidence papers on family-centred practice, high expectations for every child, respectful relationships and responsive engagement, and reflective practice are now available on the Department’s website.

Actions Required

Additional Information

  • These papers will be complemented by practice guides on each of the Practice Principles featuring examples of professionals who are putting the principles into practice.
  • The practice guides will be released in the latter part of 2011.


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all peak bodies, assistant regional directors children and youth services, children and youth services managers and quality improvement managers

EC057-2011 Communication from Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Regarding Planning for Universal Access

Main Points

  • Kindergarten service providers are currently planning and preparing for the move to 15 hours in 2013.
  • Recent media reports have stated that some kindergarten services are planning to close their existing programs for three year olds in response to the need to increase hours for four year olds.
  • The Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development has sent correspondence to the CEOs of all councils, all kindergarten cluster management organisations and each funded kindergarten service, informing them of Victoria’s current:
    • approach to implementing Universal Access to 15 hours of kindergarten.
    • position on the ongoing challenges in implementing 15 hours of kindergarten which is the subject of discussion with the Commonwealth.

Actions Required

  • For noting


Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licensed children’s services, peak bodies, regional directors, assistant regional directors children and youth services, children and youth services managers and quality improvement managers.

EC058-2011 New Online Professional Learning on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

Main Points

  • To support professionals who could not attend the professional learning modules on the Victorian Framework, the Department has produced a series of online modules. The final in the four module series is now available.
  • The four modules are:
    • Module 1: An Introduction to the Victorian Framework and Reflective Practice
    • Module 2: Working Together Collaborative Practice Principles
    • Module 3: Effective Practice
    • Module 4: Assessment for Learning and Development – the Early Years Planning Cycle

Actions Required

Critical Dates

  • N/A

Additional Information

For more information on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, see : http://www.education.vic.gov.au/earlylearning/eyldf/default.htm

 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Victoria

For all licensed children’s services and peak bodies

EC059-2011 New resources on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

Main Points

  • Two new evidence papers on the Practice Principles in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (Victorian Framework) are available on the Department’s website. The papers look at:
    • Practice Principle 4: Equity and Diversity
    • Practice Principle 6: Integrated Teaching and Learning Approaches.
  • The papers document the latest research and describe what the principle is; its importance for teaching and learning; and how professionals engage in best-practice.
  • The papers will help early childhood professionals to engage with contemporary research on early childhood education pedagogy and practice.

Actions Required

Critical Dates

  • N/A

Additional Information

  • Each evidence paper will be complemented by a practice guide featuring examples of professionals who are putting the principles into practice.