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Practice Principles for Children's Learning and Development


Practice Principles for Children's Learning and Development identifies the eight practice principles for children's learning and development that underpin the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). Practical and accessible, it describes each practice principle and explains why it is important for children's learning and development, as well as setting out its key features and implications for curriculum and pedagogy. Every chapter concludes with some questions for reflection to stimulate both discussion with colleagues and self-reflection.

Ages: 0-6 | Pages: 92 | Code: TS0314 | ISBN: 9781925145458

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Kay Margetts

Kay is currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has a strong background in early childhood development, learning and teaching both as a practitioner and as an academic. Her main areas of research are transition and adjustment to school, accompanied by a strong record of publications. Kay is regularly engaged in knowledge exchange activities with the education sector including teachers, educators and parents.
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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.




Why this book is necessary5
Ideas for using this book5
Belonging, being and becoming –a vision for children’s learning7
Maximising potential and developing foundations for the future8
What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?9
What is the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians?11
What is Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics?13
Practice Principle 1: Reflective practice14
What is reflective practice?14
Why is reflective practice important?15
Key features of reflective practice15
Practice Principle 2: Partnerships with families19
What are partnerships?19
Why are partnerships with families important?20
Key features of partnerships with families20
Practice Principle 3: High expectations for every child23
What are high expectations and why are they important?23
Key features of high expectations24
Practice Principle 4: Respectful relationships and responsive engagement26
What are respectful relationships and responsive engagement?26
Why are respectful relationships and responsive engagement important?28
Key features of respectful relationships and responsive engagement29
Practice Principle 5: Equity and diversity36
What do equity and diversity mean?36
Why are equity and diversity important?37
Key features of equity and diversity38
Practice Principle 6: Assessment for learning and development41
What is assessment for learning and development?41
Why is assessment for learning important?42
Key features of assessment for learning and development43
Practice Principle 7: Integrated teaching and learning approaches48
What are integrated teaching and learning approaches?48
Why are integrated teaching and learning approaches important?49
Key features of implementing integrated teaching and learning approaches50
Teaching and learning through play54
Intentional teaching59
Physical environments for teaching and learning65
Practice Principle 8: Partnerships with professionals72
What are partnerships with professionals?72
Why are partnerships with professionals important?73
Key features of partnerships with professionals74
Supporting children’s transitions76
What are children’s transitions?76
Why are transitions important?77
Transitions within early childhood settings80
Transition to school80
Cultural competence83
What is cultural competence?83
Why is cultural competence important?84
Key features of cultural competence85
References and further reading88