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 Early Childhood Teachers.

Practice Area 1: Practice Area 1: Early Childhood Education and Care Learning Frameworks

These resources will strengthen you understanding of the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework, the Early Years Learning Framework and how they will guide your teaching practices.

VEYLDF Practice Guide: IdentityVCAA/DET
VEYLDF Practice Guide: ConnectionVCAA/DET
VEYLDF Practice Guide: WellbeingVCAA/DET
VEYLDF Practice Guide: LearningVCAA/DET
VEYLDF Practice Guide: CommunicationVCAA/DET
Early Years Learning FrameworkACECQA
Podcast – The Early Years Education ShowThe Early Years Education Show

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 – OverviewACECQA
Unpacking the Planning CycleACECQA
Inquiry Based LearningACECQA
Early Years Planning Cycle ResourceVCAA

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 SharingDepartment of Education
Short guide to the Child Safe StandardsCommission for Children and Young People
Keeping Our Kids Safe: Cultural safety and the national principles for child safe organisationsSNAICC/VACCA/OCS
Tip Sheet: Cultural Safety for Aboriginal childrenCommission for Children and Young People
Tip Sheet: Safety of children from CALD backgroundsCommission for Children and Young People
Tip Sheet: Safety of children with disabilityCommission for Children and Young People
Video: Child Safety in PracticeGowrie Victoria

Practice Area 4: Learning Environments

The resources will help you reflect and create engaging learning environments for children.

Fact Sheet: Inclusive environmentsACECQA
Fact Sheet: The environment as the third teacherACECQA
An Environment for LearningACECQA
Create the Perfect Play SpacesChild Australia
Practice Guide: High Expectations for Every ChildDepartment of Education
Beyond the Fence – Outdoor EnvironmentsACECQA
Blog: The Values we lay in Outdoor PlayECA

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 ReviewVCAA
A trauma-sensitive approach for children aged 0-8years: Literature ReviewWomen’s Health Goulburn North East
Fact Sheet: Supporting AgencyACECQA
Fact Sheet: Relationships with ChildrenACECQA
Fact Sheet: Supporting Children to Regulate Their Own BehaviourACECQA
Calmer KindergartensBerry Street
Stress and Trauma in Young ChildrenAustralian Childhood Foundation
Self-regulation: A foundation for wellbeing and involved learningIPSP

Practice Area 6: Reflective Practice

These resources will guide your reflective practice and connection to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Fact Sheet: Developing a culture of learning through reflective practiceACECQA
Blog: Reflective Practice – Making a commitment to ongoing learningECA
Reflective Practice – Evidence PaperMGSE
Australian Professional Standards for TeachersAustralian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership

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.

Fact Sheet: Be part of reconciliationACECQA
Exploring reconciliation in early childhood practiceACECQA
Possum Skin PedagogySue Atkinson
Supporting Reconciliation & Cultural Awareness in Early ChildhoodECA
Child’s VoiceVACCA
Blog: Walking TogetherECA
Cultural Protocols in Early ChildhoodVAEIA
Walking Together – An inclusion support and protocols resource for generalist early childhood education and care servicesVAEIA/VIA

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 & DiversityVELDYF
Convention on the Rights of the ChildUNICEF
Code of EthicsECA
Equity & Diversity – Evidence PaperMGSE
Cultural Diversity ToolkitAustralian Human Rights Commission
Family Centered PracticeVELDYF

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 PracticeECA
Blog: Sustainability as the Norm in Early ChildhoodECA
Sustainability in ActionTeaching Solutions

Practice Area 10: Rhythms & Routines

These resources will guide your daily practices using rhythms and rituals to improve learning outcomes for children.

Transitions – Moving in, moving up and moving onACECQA
Transitions to Early Learning Settings: ages 3-5Be You
Secure transitions: Supporting Children to feel secure, confident and includedECA
Planning Transition to Prevent Challenging BehaviourBeyond the Journal

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 onACECQA
Supporting transition to schoolECA
Continuity of Learning: A resource to support effective transitionsAustralian Government Department of Education
Transition to School – Resource KitDepartment of Education
Moving to Primary SchoolDepartment of Education

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