This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by educators working with babies and toddlers to ensure that the children's physical and emotional wellbeing is maintained.

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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: - provided care to at least different three babies and toddlers of varying ages using safe and hygienic practices, including: assessing and responding appropriately to babies' needs, including hunger, distress, tiredness and pain; setting up a safe environment conducive to rest; changing nappies; heating breast milk and formula, preparing bottles and preparing and heating food; cleaning equipment and utensils, and; feeding babies; - developed a nurturing and securely attached relationship with at least three different babies and toddlers of varying ages, including: settling new babies and toddlers through observing, monitoring and appropriately interacting with them and their caregivers, and; engaging in one-to-one interactions with babies and toddlers during daily routines; - support the learning of at least three different babies and toddlers of varying ages, including: respond appropriately to babies' and toddlers' cues and language; initiate and model language with babies and toddlers; modify the environment and interactions to support babies/toddlers changing requirements; encourage their attempts to gain new skills; provide opportunities to develop self- knowledge and awareness, and; contribute to their emotional and psychological well-being, and; - perform the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 120 hours of work in at least one regulated education and care service.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; - individual patterns and routines of babies and toddlers; - appropriate interactions with babies and toddlers, including: individual differences of babies' and toddlers' needs for rest, and sleep/rest patterns; signs of stress, distress or pain in babies and toddlers, and; social development of babies and toddlers; - dietary requirements and nutritional needs of babies and toddlers; - food safety guidelines; - recommendations for oral health, including restricting bottles meal times only; - guidelines for infection control; - safe and unsafe practices for working with babies; - different practices and routines used by various families and their underlying cultural or personal rationale; - emotional, physical and language development of babies and toddlers; - attachment theory; - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; - brain development in babies and toddlers, and; - organisational standards, policies and procedures.

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