This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote healthy eating and ensure that food and drinks provided are nutritious, appropriate for each child and prepared in a safe and hygienic manner.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


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: - planned and provided food and drink for children on at least three occasions, including: identifying and responding to requirements related to food allergies, medical conditions and cultural and religious requirements; role-modelling healthy eating habits for children; ensuring safe handling, preparation and storage of food and drinks, and; creating a positive, relaxed environment during mealtimes; - engaged children by involving them in menu planning and assisting in meal preparation, and; - read and interpreted food labels to identify ingredients of concern and nutrition content.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; - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; - code of ethics; - food allergies, food intolerances, contamination and/or allergic reactions in meal preparation and possible reactions, including anaphylaxis; - infant feeding requirements and guidelines; - recommendations for healthy eating - Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, including Get Up and Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood resources; - implications of poor diet including tooth decay, deficiencies, poor concentration, out of character behaviour; - food-handling requirements, preventing microorganism contamination and/or allergic reactions; - importance of addressing individual dietary needs and preferences with particular reference to specific cultural, religious or health requirements, and; - organisational standards, policies and procedures.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.