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One of a team of teachers at Selandra kindergarten, Debbie works with an individual child to review his understanding of the life cycle of butterflies and to identify his learning needs. She describes a range of assessment strategies she uses with her colleagues including discussions with children, observation, and photographing children's work. She also explains how the teachers document each child's 'learning journey', as an example of one of their approaches used to report to children's families or carers. 

This Illustration was produced through a partnership between the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. 

Selandra Kindergarten is located in the suburb of Clyde North, south-east of Melbourne. The kindergarten is managed by the local council, the City of Casey and currently caters for five groups of children who attend for 15 hours each week. The children come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and the staff of early childhood teachers and educators at the kindergarten focus on holistic teaching and learning, as well as connecting with the local community.  

  • What assessment strategies do you use to monitor and assess children's learning and plan for children's individual interests and needs?
  • How do you keep families/ carers informed of their child's knowledge, interests and skills?
  • How do you apply strengths based approaches to the ongoing cycle of planning?
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Offline package - Ongoing informal assessment