Resources to support your professional learning and practice

Boost your early childhood education career with free resources, including webinars, an outdoor pedagogy portal, and a video on Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Developing your practice as an early childhood teacher or educator is a career-long investment that will help you stay engaged in your work and ensure the best educational outcomes for Victoria's youngest learners. There is a range of resources here to support you at each stage of your career.

Professional learning resources

In 2021, we partnered with Early Childhood Australia (ECA) to deliver a series of free online professional learning programs.

Guiding children’s behaviour – regulation, respect and relationships

Webinar 1

This session introduces educators to current Australian research on self-regulation and children’s behaviour, and the impact of self-regulation on children’s learning, adjustment, and wellbeing, as well as viewing behaviour and self-regulation through developmental and socio-ecological lenses.

Webinar 2

This session is a Q&A event, hosted by Catharine Hydon, with two experienced Victorian early childhood teachers and a clinical psychologist. The panel discusses successful behaviour guidance strategies, the role and impact of the learning environment, and the importance of working in partnership with families.

Webinar 3

This session explores the role of the learning environment and strategies that professionals can use to support the development of self-regulation in children. Catharine Hydon and Cathrine Nielsen-Hewitt discuss the 'window of tolerance', responding to individual children, and examples of learning experiences that can promote self-regulation.

Webinar 4

This final session in the Guiding Children's Behaviour series is a panel, hosted by Catharine Hydon. The panel discusses strategies that have worked in practice to support children's self-regulation, reflect on how to plan and implement experiences that support self-regulation, and how they work as a team to develop and use consistent behaviour guidance approaches.

Connecting assessment to practice

Webinar 1

The first webinar in this series is a conversation between Jane Page and Catharine Hydon, focusing on assessment for learning, using the early years planning cycle to support assessment, and gathering evidence of children’s learning to capture progress aligned to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

Webinar 2

This session, with Sue Grieshaber and host Catharine Hydon, looks at pedagogical documentation as both a process and a product draws on examples of pedagogical documentation, and explores different aspects of documentation.

Webinar 3

This session looks at an international perspective of assessment in the early years, with Susanne Garvis in conversation with Catharine Hydon. Swedish assessment practices are shared, and connections are drawn between Swedish and Australian contexts, using the VEYLDF.

Webinar 4

This session, the final of the series, is a panel conversation hosted by Catharine Hydon and draws research and practice in the assessment together. Early childhood teachers share practical assessment strategies and tips specific to their local contexts, and these are discussed in terms of connections to research and the VEYLDF.

Outdoor pedagogy portal for Victorian educators

The Victorian Educators Outdoor Pedagogy portal, which is freely available to all Victorian educators, includes a professional learning module, online books, and case studies on outdoor learning. It is aimed at generating inspiring outdoor practice and supports the diversity within learning environments in our sector.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Developing teacher professional practice

The department has developed a video to support early childhood teachers in their understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.

The video provides an opportunity for teachers to reflect on what the Standard means in their professional practice.