Delving deeper into documenting and assessing children’s learning


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National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
QA7Governance and Leadership
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
6Engage in professional learning


Victoria McDowell
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...
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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.

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.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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

Get this module as a part of an annual subscription.