Practice principles for teaching birth to 8 years

Eight practice principles for early childhood professionals working with children from birth to 8 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 document below to read as you watch the videos to accompany your thinking.

Partnership reflection tool (PDF, 98KB)

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

Partnerships with families - principle 2

Practice guide

Evidence paper

High expectations for every child - principle 3

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Respectful relationships and responsive engagement - principle 4

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Equity and diversity - principle 5

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Assessment for learning and development - principle 6

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Integrated teaching and learning approaches - principle 7

Practice guide

Evidence paper

Partnerships with professionals - principle 8

Practice guide

Evidence paper

About the principles

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.

Connecting the VEYLDF with the practice principles for excellence in teaching and learning (schools)

Teachers working in the early years of primary school will also refer to the Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, bringing coherence to our education system and ensuring continuity of learning across education settings and developmental stages.

To find out more, see: Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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