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Education Guide: Early Childhood

This guide contains links to resources, services and information specific to students undertaking study in the education area.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides Standards to make explicit the elements of high quality teaching.

Early Childhood Teaching Performance Assessments provides information on how Teaching Performance Assessments can be undertaken in early childhood settings.


Online resources

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection of early childhood development at the time children commence their first year of full-time school. The AEDC highlights what is working well and what needs to be improved or developed to support children and their families by providing evidence to support health, education and community policy and planning.

Belonging, Being & Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

The Framework describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.

Building belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to prejudice

A toolkit of early education resources which includes an ebook, song with actions, educator guide, posters and lesson plans from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Early Childhood Australia

Information, resources and latest happenings in the field of early childhood.

Education Services Australia

ESA is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers. The site contains information and links to a wide range of education services, resources and publications.

International Children's Digital Library

Provides online access to thousands of children's books in many different languages.

The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (NCACL) formerly the Lu Rees Archives, is a comprehensive collection of resources about Australian authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works. The collection has booksartworkephemera, authors’ papers and manuscripts, and author and illustrator research files.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy ( provides a community-informed and evidence-based pathway to achieve the National Agreement on Closing the Gap targets and outcomes for early childhood and to fulfil joint commitments to the Priority Reforms.

The National Quality Framework, administered by The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), aims to raise quality and drive continuous improvement and consistency in Australian education and care services.

SNAICC tools and resources

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) provides practical materials such as activities, management tools and information sheets from across the country to assist in the day-to-day running of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and family services.


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