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The Victorian Department of Education and Training in partnership with Early Childhood Australia invite you to a free webinar for Victorian early childhood educators focussed on the process of applying for a second year of funded kindergarten. A second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten may be considered when a child shows delays in key outcomes of learning and development:

  •  is developmentally delayed in at least two of the learning outcomes in the Victorian Early Years and Development Framework (VEYLDF), and
  • would achieve better outcomes from attending a second year of kindergarten.

This webinar will discuss early childhood teacher’s assessment practices and processes for each child in Term 4 when a second year of kindergarten is being considered. At the session, hosted by Catharine Hydon, you will explore strategies to observe, interpret and assess children’s learning and development, hear from an experienced early childhood teacher as they discuss their assessment techniques and explore case studies about second year kindergarten applications.


The webinar will be held on Monday 19 October 2020 at 3.30 pm–4.30 pm AEDT.

This webinar has been designed for early childhood teachers working with young children in funded kindergarten programs. We welcome you to join us for this event. If you have any questions, please contact events@earlychildhood.org.au.


Hosted by

Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon

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) currently serving as the Co-chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Group and is a regular contributor in ECA publications. Catharine has been a member of the ECA Code of Ethics working group for the last two reviews and is a co-author on the recently published Ethics in Action Implementation guide. Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) and has recently been appointed 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.


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