Welcome to the Coaching for Returning Teachers and Educators Program with Gowrie Victoria. To support new and returning Victorian Early Childhood Professionals on their journey through coaching, we have developed a series of resources which cover a wide range of practice areas. You will have access to these tools and resources for the duration of your time in the Coaching Program and your Gowrie Coach will work through some of this content during your coaching sessions. This resource guide is for Diploma Educators.
Practice Area 1: Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework (VELDYF)
These resources will strengthen you understanding of the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework and how it will guide your teaching practices.
|VEYLDF Practice Guide: Identity||VCAA/DET|
|VEYLDF Practice Guide: Connection||VCAA/DET|
|VEYLDF Practice Guide: Wellbeing||VCAA/DET|
|VEYLDF Practice Guide: Learning||VCAA/DET|
|VEYLDF Practice Guide: Communication||VCAA/DET|
Practice Area 2: The Planning Cycle
These resources will assist you to reflect on the Planning Cycle in addition to strengthening your current knowledge and understanding of the Planning Cycle in Early Childhood settings.
|The Planning Cycle – Overview||ACECQA|
|Unpacking the Planning Cycle||ACECQA|
|Inquiry Based Learning||ACECQA|
|Early Years Planning Cycle Resource||VCAA|
Practice Area 3: Child Safe Standards
These resources will further develop your understanding of the Child Safe Standards and Reporting in Victoria.
|Child Protection in Early Childhood – Privacy & Information Sharing||Department of Education|
|Short guide to the Child Safe Standards||Commission for Children and Young People|
|Keeping Our Kids Safe: Cultural safety and the national principles for child safe organisations||SNAICC/VACCA/OCS|
|Tip Sheet: Cultural Safety for Aboriginal children||Commission for Children and Young People|
|Tip Sheet: Safety of children from CALD backgrounds||Commission for Children and Young People|
|Tip Sheet: Safety of children with disability||Commission for Children and Young People|
Practice Area 4: Learning Environments
The resources will help you reflect and create engaging learning environments for children.
|Fact Sheet: Inclusive environments||ACECQA|
|Fact Sheet: The environment as the third teacher||ACECQA|
|An Environment for Learning||ACECQA|
|Create the Perfect Play Spaces||Child Australia|
|Practice Guide: High Expectations for Every Child||Department of Education|
|Beyond the Fence – Outdoor Environments||ACECQA|
|Blog: The Values we lay in Outdoor Play||ECA|
Practice Area 5: Positive Behaviour Support
These resources will strengthen your understanding of child behaviour, trauma, and wellbeing; including ways to positively guide and support children.
|Assessment of Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education and Care: Literature Review||VCAA|
|A trauma-sensitive approach for children aged 0-8years: Literature Review||Women’s Health Goulburn North East|
|Fact Sheet: Supporting Agency||ACECQA|
|Fact Sheet: Relationships with Children||ACECQA|
|Fact Sheet: Supporting Children to Regulate Their Own Behaviour||ACECQA|
|Calmer Kindergartens||Berry Street|
|Stress and Trauma in Young Children||Australian Childhood Foundation|
|Self-regulation: A foundation for wellbeing and involved learning||IPSP|
Practice Area 6: Reflective Practice
These resources will guide your reflective practice.
|Fact Sheet: Developing a culture of learning through reflective practice||ACECQA|
|Blog: Reflective Practice – Making a commitment to ongoing learning||ECA|
Practice Area 7: Exploring Reconciliation
These resources will help you to reflect on the importance of exploring and impeding First Nation Perspectives in your practice and program.
Practice Area 8: Equity and Inclusion
These resources will support you in understanding your role in working with a social justice lens and ensuring all children have equitable opportunities.
|Practice Principle Guide – Equity & Diversity||VELDYF|
|Convention on the Rights of the Child||UNICEF|
|Code of Ethics||ECA|
|Cultural Diversity Toolkit||Australian Human Rights Commission|
|Family Centered Practice||VELDYF|
Practice Area 9: Environmental Sustainability
These resources will guide you in fostering respect and care for the environment in order to support children and adults to understand and value the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.
|Blog: Education for Sustainability in Practice||ECA|
|Blog: Sustainability as the Norm in Early Childhood||ECA|
Practice Area 10: Rhythms & Routines
These resources will guide your daily practices using rhythms and rituals to improve learning outcomes for children.
Practice Area 11: Continuity of Learning & Transition to School
These resources will help you to reflect on the importance of continuity of learning and how to support school transitions in the Early Learning space.
|Transitions – Moving in, moving up and moving on||ACECQA|
|Supporting transition to school||ECA|
|Continuity of Learning: A resource to support effective transitions||Department of Education|
|Transition to School – Resource Kit||Department of Education|
|Web Page: Moving to Primary School||Department of Education|
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