Delving deeper into documenting and assessing children’s learning

$49.50$44.55 Member Price

This course expands on the ideas and concepts outlined in the introductory course, ‘Documenting and assessing children’s learning with Dr Anne Kennedy’. It is highly recommended—though not essential—that you complete the introductory course before starting this course, which delves deeper into the topic.

This course will help you learn a variety of strategies and new ways to document and assess children’s learning. You will understand the importance of documentation and how it is essential to driving children’s learning and high-quality educational programs.

You will hear from services about the methods and strategies they use when documenting and assessing children’s learning, and you will be invited to reflect on and consider your own practice moving forward. You will also be encouraged to consider research, theory and practice in your work and how this underpins children’s learning and development. The planning cycle—which is the foundation of the educational program, future planning and each child’s learning and development—will also be explored in depth.

This course also includes digital access to three ECA Box of Provocations cards.

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Victoria McDowell has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree from Macquarie University, specialising in early education for children from birth to eight years. She has more than 16 years of experience working in a range of different roles in a variety of services across the sector—including, but not limited to, early childhood teacher and group leader, centre manager and educational leader.

Victoria’s interests span children’s literature, storytelling, oral and felt stories, the creative arts (particularly visual arts, music and movement), mindfulness (for children and adults), nature pedagogy, outdoor learning environments, developing curriculums through meaningful documentation, and loose-parts play. She is also passionate about teaching and educating young children, mentoring teachers and educators in early childhood pedagogy and practice, as well as advocating for children’s rights as citizens of the world.

Victoria’s strength in pedagogy and supporting teachers and educators over the past 16 years has led her to her current role as Content Coordinator for the ECA Learning Hub. In this role, she designs and delivers professional learning for early childhood professionals across Australia.

Learning outcomes

In this course you will:

  • uncover some of the many layers of documenting and assessing children’s learning
  • unpack the planning cycle
  • understand why quality observations matter
  • explore critical reflection and documentation on a deeper level
  • learn ways to include the perspectives of children and families in documentation and assessment.

Click below to watch the trailer for this course below:


Additional information

Presented by

Links to the National Quality Standard

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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers


Course Duration

2 hours 20 minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework