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Early childhood education leadership training

The department offers evidence-informed, inspiring professional learning to Victorian early childhood Educational Leaders.

Best Start, Best Life 2023 Educational Leaders Conference 

Hosted by the Department of Education, the Best Start, Best Life 2023 Educational Leaders Conference brought together early childhood Educational Leaders, experts and practitioners from across the state. The conference was held on 15 February 2023 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne and online via live streaming.

The conference theme, ‘Evidence for impact: giving children the best start’, encouraged strong, evidence-informed discussion about early childhood education, with world-renowned experts and leading practitioners sharing their thoughts.

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Victorian Educational Leadership Program (VELP)

Through the $14 billion Best Start, Best Life (BSBL) reform, the Victorian government is providing  Educational Leaders with an opportunity to build their understanding of contemporary leadership and pedagogy to support the delivery of high quality Victorian funded kindergarten programs. 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in partnership with the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), is delivering the Victorian Educational Leadership Program.

This program comprises 2 micro-credentials available to Educational Leaders in Victorian Government-funded kindergarten programs:

1. VELP Foundations is designed for new (1-2 years experience) or aspiring Educational Leaders.

2. VELP Advanced is designed for experienced (2 + years experience) Educational Leaders.

The micro-credentials will support Educational Leaders to:

  • Understand, identify, drive and implement quality practice
  • Utilise data and evidence to support practice change
  • Understand and implement strategies to support children’s continuity of early learning.

Each micro-credential aligns with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Standard. 

Please note that EOI’s have now closed for 2024. There will be another expression of interest process early in 2025.

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