Education programs for early childhood services

Museums Victoria offers a variety of museum-based programs and outreach incursions for children aged 4+ across both Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks.

A child with long hair standing up caused by electricity from touching a Vandergraph at Scienceworks
Museum Staff-led Scienceworks Years F to 2

What's with the Weather?

Discover how clouds are formed and how they make our most impressive weather phenomenon – lightning!

Make, Solve, Create
Museum Staff-led Scienceworks Years K to F

Make, Solve, Create

Children take part in an interactive story, working together to build solutions to the problems they encounter.

Museum Staff-led Melbourne Museum Years K to 6

Uncovering Triceratops

Ask questions, examine fossils, and uncover what and how scientists know about dinosaurs and Triceratops.

Museum Victoria staff presenting education program for school children
Museum Staff-led Melbourne Museum Years K to 2

My Grandmother's Toy Box

Children learn about Melbourne’s history through a story about a little girl and her family toy box.

Museum Staff-led Melbourne Museum Years K to 4

It’s a Bug’s World

Who runs the world? BUGS! Get hands on and discover the myriad of bug body features that have made them so successful in every environment on the planet.

A spiky red crab on a black background
Online Melbourne Museum Year K

Deep Sea Discovery

Learn about ocean animals as we journey from the beaches of Victoria into the deep, dark ocean world of the Abyssal Zone. How different do animals look who live in the deepest parts of the ocean?

A tiny orange and brown peacock spider sitting on the tip of a lead pencil
Online Melbourne Museum Year K

What is a Bug?

How are bugs different to other animals? Become an entomologist and learn to identify different groups of bugs. Find out some of the amazing things bugs can do!

Cast of a frilled dinosaur
Online Melbourne Museum Year K

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Learn about dinosaurs and fossils, and find out some of the ways palaeontologists know what they know about the ancient world of dinosaurs! Written specially for early learners.

Child peers through a <em>Tarbosaurus</em> skull
Museum in a van incursion

Dinosaurs and Fossils

With the aid of fossils, dinosaur bones, replicas and photographs, we go back in time to reflect on the existence of these ancient animals.

Girl patting touchable taxidermised possums in the Children's Gallery on opening day.
Museum in a van incursion

Australian Animals and Megafauna

Learn about Australia's unique wildlife with mounted specimens from the Museums Victoria collections.

  Children learn about a Megaladon shark tooth and as they learn about sharks in the Ocean Wonders presentation
Museum in a van incursion

Ocean Wonders

Find out about the wonderful things that live on our beaches and swim in our oceans.

Toys and Books on a floor map
learning kit

Coding and robotics

SUITABLE FOR YEARS K TO 2

This kit offers a range of resources to introduce children to foundational coding concepts and robotics.

Various objects and props relating to exploring nature used in outreach programs
learning kit

Drawing on nature

SUITABLE FOR YEARS K TO 9

Contains specimens and art materials to engage with natural science and the local environment through a range of art activities.

...findings have highlighted a positive connection between the quality of the classroom and the level of children’s involvement in dramatic play. Specifically, early childhood educators were shown to have a crucial and much needed role in guiding children’s involvement in dramatic play. Robertson et. al (2018) https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1473389

Curriculum Links

The VEYLDF (Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework) is the curriculum used in Victoria at all early learning services for children who are yet to start school. Using a ‘STEM lens’ educators and teachers can incorporate the following practice principles and learning outcomes as they engage the children in their care in play based learning experiences.

Practice Principle: Reflective Practice

  • educators apply evidence based practices to advance children's learning of STEM
  • educators engage in skill development and change some practices to incorporate new understandings into practice

Practice Principle: Integrated Teaching and Learning Approaches

  • educators use intentional teaching strategies to expose children to developmentally appropriate STEM learning experiences

Practice Principle: Partnerships with Families

  • early childhood professionals actively engage families and children in planning for ongoing learning and development in the service, at home and in the local community
  • early childhood professionals create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all families are encouraged to participate in and contribute to experiences that enhance children’s learning and development

Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry and experimentation, hypothesizing, researching and investigating

Learning Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
  • Children use ICT to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking

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