This unit describes the skills and knowledge to ensure the health and safety of children. This unit applies to educators working in a variety of education and care services.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - consistently supported the health needs of the children in the service, including the following activities: contributing to the provision of a clean and safe environment; recognising and responding to signs of illness of children, including signs and symptoms of asthma and anaphylaxis; reading and interpreting authorisation forms, medication labels, medical management plans and other relevant medical information, and; developing children's awareness of safety.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - the National Quality Framework; - the National Quality Standards; - the relevant approved learning framework; - how to navigate through framework and standards documents to find areas relevant to this unit of competency; - how to undertake a risk analysis of toys and equipment; - potential hazards to children, including medical conditions; - children's requirements for sleep and rest; - environments that promote rest and sleep including light, noise, temperature and ventilation requirements; - signs, symptoms and key characteristics of allergy/anaphylaxis; - signs, symptoms and key characteristics of asthma; - how to use an adrenalin auto injector for anaphylaxis; - how children's oral health impacts on their general health and well-being, including signs of tooth decay; - safety issues and risk management strategies for children's health and safety in a variety of contexts; - basic home fire safety including high-risk groups, behaviour that contributes to fire injury and fatalities, and smoke alarm placement, installation and maintenance, and; - organisational standards, policies and procedures.

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