National Education Leader Resources

Collaboration and commitment 

Building a culture of professional learning

Educational Leader

Educational Leader

Practical strategies for reviewing, planning and improving team performance

Practical strategies

Community engagement 

Connecting with communities

Planning for inclusion

Reflecting on and planning for inclusion

Professional learning

Networking- opportunities for sharing practice and creating professional learning communities

Settling into a new year

Settling into a new year article 

Emergent Curriculum 

Emergent Curriculum... doesn't mean no need to plan article

Understanding emergent curriculum in practice 
Thinking Big Extending Emergent Curriculum Projects
Educators' Guide: My Time Our Place
Educaotrs' Guide: Early Years Learning Framework 

Proactively promoting inclusion 

Proactively promoting inclusion article

The Inclusion Improvement Plan Guide
Including children with disability in OSHC
Noah’s Ark Early Childhood Intervention Support Programs
Curriculum decision making for inclusive practice 
Inclusive education for students with disability 
Inclusion Now 
The Inclusion Breakthrough 
What is inclusion?
National Inclusion Support Subsidy Provider (NISSP)
Inclusion Improvement Plan (IIP) information and resources
Resources for applying for the Inclusion Subsidy Scheme

Culture Resources

Embedding culture in sustainable ways article

Agency in practice

Agency in practice article

The journey towards critical reflection

Critical reflection article

Belonging, Being and Becoming, The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
My Time Our Place, Framework for School Age Care in Australia
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
National Quality Standard, reflecting on practice
Critical Reflection, Paper by Melinda Miller, Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology
National Quality Standard, Professional Learning Program: Self-assessment, reflective practice and quality improvement processes

Using The AEDC To Support Transition

AEDC article

Suite of free AEDC resources



Early Childhood Australia Reconciliation resource
The Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework
Cultural competence in Early Childhood Education and Care SNAICC Consultation Overview
Children's Services Central. Engaging with Aboriginal Communities: Where do we start?

Professional development planning

Professional development planning

Professional learning plan- self assessment tool
Child Care Staff: Learning and Growing Through Professional Development

Supporting indoor and outdoor play

Supporting indoor and outdoor play

Early Childhood Australia. NQS PLP e-Newsletter No. 30 2012. An environment for learning
Early Childhood Australia. Environment Makeover. NQS ideas to actions - Part 4
Community Child Care Co-operative. The indoor and outdoor environment
Kids at play. Active play every day fact sheet number 3
Raising Children Network. Outdoor Play

Cultural competence

Cultural competence

Cultural Competence: Language Program Development
Children's Services Central. Engaging with Aboriginal Communities: Where do we start?
Kidsmatter. Cultural diversity: Suggestions for families and educators
Cultural competence factsheets for School Age Care.  My Time Our Place website (for OSHC services)
Child Australia. Cultural Connections Booklet
ACECQA We hear you blog: What does it mean to be culturally competent?

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. Executive Function.
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning
Early Childhood Australia. Professional Learning Program. E-Learning video. Getting to know the NQS. Episode 3 Quality Area #2


Cycle of planning

Cycle of planning

Educators Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework pp. 10- 13
Educators guide to the Framework for School Age Care pp. 11-20
Early Years Learning Framework, pp.9–19
Framework for School Age Care, pp. 5- 18
Department of Education and Children’s Services South Australia. Reflect Respect Relate
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Early Years Learning Framework in Action, Stories 13 and 31.
PSC National Alliance. How to Series.Effective Curriculum Planning and Documentation Methods in Education and Care Services
Early Childhood Australia. National Quality Standard (NQS) Professional Learning Program e-newsletter 57. Planning the program
Children’s Services Central, et al.What’s pedagogy anyway: Using pedagogical documentation to engage with the Early Years Learning Framework.
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.VCAA Early Years Exchange includes a template for using the ongoing cycle of planning.

Physical environment

Physical environment

Tim Gill, What are the consequences of limited play (VicHealth, 2011)
Standards Australia
Rethinking Childhood
IPSP resource library


Demystifying sustainability


Sustainability in children’s education and care
IPA World - Children’s Right to Play and the Environment
Early Childhood Special Interest Group (AAEE EC SIG)

The role of the Educational Leader

The role of the Educational Leader

Early Childhood Australia Newsletter 33: The educational leader
Early Childhood Australia E-learning video, Talking About Practice (TAPS): The role of the educational leader
IPSP online library: The distributive leadership model by Ros Cornish
IPSP online library: Pedagogical Leadership: Exploring New Terrain and Provocations by Anthony Semann and Rod Soper in Reflections issue 47
Laurie Kelly (Mindworks) video: Leadership in education and care
Discussions about the educational leader role

Brain development in the early years

Brain development in the early years

Acting Early, Changing Lives: How prevention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing
Engaging families in the Early Childhood Development Story
A practice guide for working with families from pre-birth to eight years


Information sheet - Guidelines for documenting children's learning PDF
Panel discussion -  Incoporating Cultural Competence In Everyday Practice