This course is an extension on documenting children's learning to extend your thinking about the ways we can make the learning visible.

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Mention the word documentation and peoples’ reactions are often one of negativity. Comments such as, ‘it takes us away from the children’, ‘it takes too much time’, ‘I don’t really see the point’, are common responses and sentiments. 

This workshop is an opportunity to reset the balance, with a focus on the benefits and purpose of documentation, whilst making it achievable. 

Through a variety of examples from practice and dialogue, participants will gain an insight into the purpose of educational documentation and how it can be a useful and supportive tool to:

  • Gain an insight into how children are learning
  • Track the journey travelled by the child
  • Make visible the learning of individuals and groups
  • Support the connection with community
  • Advocate for the hopes and beliefs for children, families and communities
  • Be an effective form of professional learning

Participants will have an opportunity to play with different ways of documenting, share resources and add to their toolkit, ideas that support a systematic, effective way of the art of documenting children’s learning. 

Participants will walk away with a whole new attitude to documentation; not viewing it as a chore or a requirement, but as a positive strategy that can energise and inform their practice. 

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the positive aspects of documenting learning
  • Discuss with colleagues the many ways documentation can operate in an early childhood setting
  • Identify diverse strategies for documentation that suit the program you work in
  • Share the child’s journey with parents and other educators involved in the care and education relationship
  • Work with colleagues to write content that documents children’s learning



Completing this course – Ain’t a Dirty Word (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.



APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice



This course aligns with:

  • QA 1: Educational program and practice
  • QA 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and children