This series will offer educators an opportunity to join with their colleagues to become more confident in their knowledge of the planning process, documentation and the expectations of assessment. Using our own practice examples, you will refine the way we use the planning cycle so that children’s learning is made more visible and the task no longer seems overwhelming.

Big Steps Professional Learning is excited to offer
United Workers Union members access to tailored training on the planning cycle, with Catharine Hydon from Hydon Consulting!

“Assessment for children’s learning refers to the process of gathering and analysing information as evidence about what children know, can do, and understand. It is part of an ongoing cycle that includes planning, documenting, and evaluating children’s learning.” – EYLF 2009

Much has been said about planning and documentation in early childhood education. On the one hand, it is one of the primary responsibilities of early childhood educators and a process by which we achieve learning outcomes for children. On the other hand, we continue to grapple with how best to manage expectations and make the process meaningful.

This will be a practical opportunity to ask questions and gain new ideas about how to plan effectively for children’s learning. Educators are asked to bring along practice examples of their planning and documentation to share with others as well as their copy of the EYLF.

Places are STRICTLY limited – apply now to express your interest in attending this tailored program!
When and where will this program be held?

ONLINE learning split over 5 sessions via Zoom videoconference. Starting 5:00 pm, Tuesday 21st of September!

This course is presented over five 2 hour sessions. It is mandatory to attend all sessions. 

By participating in this series, you will have the opportunity to explore:

Planning effectively for children’s learning and development.

Analysis of children learning – formative assessments.

Planning learning experiences and designing curriculum to support children’s learning.

Acting and implementing plans to support children’s learning.

Reflecting and reviewing (and summative assessment) learning.

About your facilitator:

Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. Over the last 10 years she has worked at a range of organisations and governments to understand and articulate quality and inspire change. With a Masters in early childhood education, Catharine has extensive experience in the early childhood sector beginning as a teacher in a kindergarten program in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to lead roles in a range of services and projects for children and their families.

Catharine draws on her experience and ongoing practice research to consider how theory connects and informs practice. Specialising in early childhood practice and pedagogy, quality improvement, policy and governance, the delivery of integrated services to engage vulnerable children and their families.

Catharine’s involvement in the early childhood sector is an important part of her commitment to the outcomes for children. She is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), regular contributor in ECA publications and has just completed 7 years as the Co-chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Group. Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority and the Early Years-10 Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the VCAA as well as a second-tier reviewer for ACECQA.

Catharine is a dynamic speaker and collaborative facilitator and is skilled at engaging professionals in reflective dialogue and creative conversations.


Submitting an application to this course does not automatically secure your place.

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