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Three-Year-Old Kindergarten teaching toolkit

Improve your teaching with the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten toolkit - practical support for planning and delivering funded programs in Victoria.

Author: Department of Education

These webpages provide information to support the planning and delivery of funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten programs across Victoria. The web pages include evidence-informed practice and pedagogical support. These include exemplar videos, reflective questions and links to resources and research.

This website supports the delivery of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in Victoria. It is also relevant to educators working across other early childhood education and care settings.

About the Three-Year-Old-Kindergarten teaching toolkit 

The Three-Year-Old Kindergarten teaching toolkit helps teams deliver high-quality educational programs. These programs align with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). Its design is reflective of the learning and development needs of children participating in funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten programs, in both single and multi-aged groups.

The Three-Year-Old Kindergarten teaching toolkit draws on research and advice from early childhood experts. It also draws on the experiences of early childhood leaders and educators.

The teaching toolkit has a focus on six critical areas for children's learning and teacher practice (see below). For questions on the teaching toolkit email

Background to the Three-Year-Old-Kindergarten teaching toolkit 

The Three-Year-Old Kindergarten teaching toolkit was developed in 2019. It helps early childhood teaching teams roll out funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten from 2020.

The teaching toolkit was the flagship professional learning and practice support for services. It was designed for services starting to deliver a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program. It included website content, a box of educational resources, and a two-day live virtual professional learning program.

From 2020, all relevant services received a teaching toolkit box of educational resources.

The box of educational resources was strictly limited to one per service. It was designed to be a shared resource for teaching teams delivering Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. No further boxes are available. However, much of the material is available on these web pages. Limited items are also available to order. See the box of educational resources(opens in a new window) for further information.

The teaching toolkit provided a once-off professional learning program. The program was for all Victorian services delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Kindergarten services could send two staff members from their teaching team to attend two workshops.

This professional learning offering was designed to:

  • build understanding and awareness of best practice teaching and learning 
  • increase capabilities for providing a high-quality Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program
  • utilise the box of educational resources to support teaching practice
  • apply learnings in their local context, including in either single or multi-aged groups.

The teaching toolkit two-day professional learning program concluded in November 2022. Over 2,700 teachers and educators accessed this professional learning across 2021 and 2022.

Strengthening reflective practice in a Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program.

Undertaking assessment for learning in a Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program.

Supporting children’s wellbeing in a Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program.

Embedding effective strategies to support children’s oral language, literacy and numeracy learning.

Creating responsive and inclusive environments that maximise children’s learning and development.

Building and sustaining partnerships with families and professionals to support children’s learning and development.

Using the box of educational resources to support your practice and children’s learning in a Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program.