There are a number of government organisations and departments that create, collate and share resources designed for early childhood professionals to use or implement. Here is a non-exhaustive list of those websites and their resource pages, where you can explore to find exactly what you are looking for.
The ACECQA website contains resources aimed to help overall quality improvement, based on the NQF.
The Department of Education and Training website contains information needed to run
FUSE Early Childhood
FUSE was created to help teachers and educators deliver learning experiences on a range of topics.
Starting Blocks is a website aimed at educating parents and guardians. It has ample resources on child development.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website contains resources to help teachers and educators improve their understanding and undertaking of assessment and curriculum planning.
The Victorian Institute of Teaching website contains professional learning resources to help provisionally registered and graduate teachers.
AGECS have created or funded a number of resources that are accessible to everyone, not just our members. Below find our publications, events and online self-paced learning.
AGECS Funded Projects and Programs
Through initiatives such as the Fellowship Program for Leadership and Change and Foundation grants, AGECS have contributed funding to a number of early childhood professionals undertaking projects and programs that have the outcome of improving outcomes for all children. View some of these resources below.
Ahead of the Times
AGECS social media campaign ‘Ahead of the Times’ shares historic documents found in AGECS files and storage from the distant and not so distant past.
Professional Development Events
AGECS run free online professional development events throughout the year.
AGECS and Girraway Ganyi Consultancy have created three series to help early childhood professionals begin or continue their reconciliation journey.
Charities, Peak Bodies and Non-Government Organisations
There is a huge number of charities and non-government organsations whose mission is to improve the lives and trajectories of young children. These organisations often publish resources and articles that can be beneficial for parents and early childhood professionals.
The ABC produce multiple early childhood related resources, outside of their television content. This includes resources for families, for children and for teachers in the form of fact sheets, articles, apps and more.
Australian Childhood Foundation
Australian Childhood Foundation provide training and development on trauma, however not all of it is free.
Australian Education Research Organisation undertake and share research with education professionals. They have created an online early learning practice hub where they share their findings on literacy, numeracy, evidence based practice and more.
Community Child Care
CCC are a membership based organisation who advocate for community-based early childhood services. As well as paid resourcse, they produce a free blog and other useful resources for teachers and educators and their practice. CCC also run the Victorian Inclusion Agency which hosts many resources aimed to improve the inclusion of all children, especially those experiencing vulnerability.
Early Childhood Australia
ECA are a peak body who provide professional development, publish multiple journals and have a membership based learning hub. They have a mixture of free and paid for resources, and a free blog called The Spoke.
Reconciliation Australia provides resources and information for educators wanting to undertake a Reconciliation Action Plan in their workplace.
Royal Children's Hospital
The RCH provide fact sheets and other free information to educate parents and early childhood professionals on a range of health related issues faced by young children.
The Lego Foundation
The Lego Foundation run website Learning Through Play, which contains a variety of articles, resources and guides for educators and parents.
Thrive by Five
Thrive by Five is an early childhood project run by the Minderoo Foundation.
Approved providers often create resources to educate and inform their own staff. Sometimes these resources are available for free on their websites. Below we have provided the resources pages for some of Australia’s largest approved providers.
Goodstart Early Learning
Goodstart Early Learning have a ‘parenting’ section on their website that contains handy resources for educators communicating with families.
Gowrie Victoria release a magazine each quarter.
Below is a list of recent, relevant and free access research articles and news articles. Research articles can be beneficial for reflective practice and learning new ideas, especially when looking into an area of personal interest. Finding free research papers can be done with Google Scholar. News articles can be helpful for communicating early childhood issues and context with families, or even with colleagues, and can be found on sites like ABC News, The Conversation and The Sector.
Recent Research Papers
Recent News Articles
The articles listed below are from 2022.
Miscellaneous Free Resources
The following resources come from a variety of creators and publishers, most being independent. Some of these are free resources from for-profit organisations and private companies, some are free resources provided by charities, individuals and approved providers.
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Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Learning Links are a peak body that aim to assist the identification and inclusion of children with learning disabilities and difficulties. They have paid courses, but they also provide free fact sheets and other information.
The NT Government, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, produced the following games and learning experiences to use in early learning settings to increase STEM knowledge of both children and educators.
Visuals and Communication
The Spanish Government’s Aragonese Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication has a free search engine for images intended for children’s visual communication boards and systems.