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To assist you on your journey of continuous improvement and engagement with the National Quality Framework, and to develop and broaden your pedagogy, we provide a range of resources and links to useful websites for you to download.

All of our resources and web links are grouped by the relevant National Quality Standard Quality Area. A great way to select the most useful resources is to refer to your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and access resources that will contribute to the actions you have identified on your QIP.

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Quality Area 1: Educational Program and Practice

This quality area of the National Quality Standard focuses on ensuring that the educational program and practice is stimulating and engaging and enhances children’s learning and development.

In school age care services, the program nurtures the development of life skills and complements children’s experiences, opportunities and relationships at school, at home and in the community.

Standard 1.1 – An approved learning framework informs the development of a curriculum that enhances each child’s learning and development.

Standard 1.2 – Educators and co-ordinators are focused, active and reflective in designing and delivering the program for each child.

Reference: Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) 2011, Guide to the National Quality Standard

WEBLINKS:

ABC Splash
A vast range of educator and children’s resources to support curriculum development from K-Year 6, mapped to the Australian Curriculum. A great support for intentional teaching, enriching curriculum content, project research and investigative learning.

Belonging Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework Translated
Translations of the EYLF are now available in the following languages; Vietnamese, Turkish, Thai, Spanish, Somali, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Dinka and Arabic.

Continuity: A Resource to Support Effective Transition to School and School Age Children 
In 2014, the Australian Government Department of Education commissioned a research team from Charles Sturt University to write a resource to support the effective transition of children to school and school age care. All services received a hard copy of this resource in 2014, and it is still available on the web.

Department of Education and Training (DET) Resources for Professionals page 
This DET web page has a range of resources to support the implementation of the National Quality Framework, including evidence papers and practice principle guides for the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

Developmental Milestones and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standards (NQS) 
This resource supports educators to utilise their knowledge of children’s developmental milestones and link it to the National Quality Standard and Early Years Learning Framework.

Documentation of Children’s Learning
This resource has been developed to support the implementation of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) using all elements of the Early Years Planning Cycle.

Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice
A self-appraisal tool for educators to support improved literacy and numeracy learning for young children. Includes background information on literacy and numeracy concepts, mapping tools and workshops.  This tool has a complementary resource Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy Cards.   

Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy Cards
The full set of early childhood literacy and numeracy cards to complement the resource Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice. The cards show how literacy and numeracy are developed through simple family activities, and how these link to later learning at school.

Effective Curriculum Planning and Documentation Methods in Early Childhood Education and Care Services
This resource has been developed to support educators in their understanding and implementation of the planning cycle in early childhood education and care services. 
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence
The Harvard Center for the Developing Child resource provides a range of suggested activities to support the development of executive function skills in children of all ages.

Harvard Center for the Developing Child
The Harvard Center for the Developing Child provides a range of fact sheets and resources on neuroscience and brain development in young children. These resources can be used in staff meetings and shared with families.

Kids Observe Bumblebees for Science
A UK based science project that has included children as researchers to help us understand how the different landscapes affect behaviours of bumblebees.

Making Sense of ‘Intentional Teaching’*
Making Sense of ‘Intentional Teaching’ is a complementary resource to Provocations on Assessment in Early Childhood Education. This resource supports educators to further investigate and engage with assessment and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Myths and Realities of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS)
As elements of the Early Childhood Education and Care National Quality Framework (NQF) roll out, it is important that educators have clear and accurate information about what it means for them and their work. This e-Newsletter explores some of the myths that have grown up around the EYLF and NQS, and each myth’s corresponding ‘reality’.

My Time Our Place (MTOP) Resources page
10 fact sheets written specifically to support School Age Care educators to critically reflect on practices and deepen understanding of the key concepts of working with school age children.

National Educational Leader Blog
The National Educational Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, writes a series of blog posts available at the following website. These posts often address common queries that she sees in her work and detail a range of resources that educators can use to support them in their day-to-day practice.

National Quality Standard Professional Learning Program
The National Quality Standard Professional Learning Program is a Commonwealth Government Initiative designed to support services in the transition to the National Quality Framework.  This website provides newsletters, e-learning videos and vignettes to provide information and practical examples of quality implementation of the National Quality Standard.

Planning for Children in School Age Care 
This guide has been developed to support educators in school age care services to plan and document children’s learning in a way that supports planning, developing and implementing the educational program and practice, and which meets the requirements of the National Law and National Regulations.

Provocations on Assessment in Early Childhood Education*
Provocations on Assessment in Early Childhood is a complementary resource to Making Sense of ‘Intentional Teaching’. This resource supports educators to further investigate and engage with assessment and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library

Reflective Practice
This information will challenge teams to think about reflective practice, how it might be used to improve practice, working relationships and ultimately achieve better outcomes for educators, children and families

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework Practice Principle Guide #7 Assessment for Learning and Development
This guide is one of eight that highlights the importance of the Practice Principles.  Practice Principle Guide #7 provides practical strategies about how to implement quality assessment for learning and development.  

What’s pedagogy anyway?*
This resource challenges educators to think critically about teaching and learning to enable the creation of contextual and relevant curriculum and documentation for children, families and the community.
*This resource in available via the IPSP online library: Select the title above, then select ‘Click here to access online’ to download from the IPSP online library