This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to foster and enhance the holistic development and wellbeing of children from birth to 6 years of age. The unit applies to educators working in a range early education and care service settings.

Unit details

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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: - planned and provided at least three opportunities for children of varying ages to develop in a range of areas, including: facilitating and supporting emotional and psychological development in children; encouraging self-help and independence of children; planning opportunities to foster children's positive self-concept and self-esteem, and; providing a positive and safe environment to encourage children to express thoughts, feelings and ideas, and; - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 240 hours of work in at least one regulated education and care service.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - how to access: the National Quality Framework; the National Quality Standards, and; the relevant approved learning framework; - how to navigate through framework and standards documents to find areas relevant to this unit of competency; - relevant aspects of theories of children's emotional and psychological development as they apply to the educator's role; - links between social, physical, psychological and cognitive development; - in-depth knowledge of a range of developmental theories for children between birth and 5 years of age; - contextual factors which influence the children's emotional and psychological development; - factors which enhance the development of self-esteem and self-identity; - core principles of child development and associated developmental tasks, and; - organisational standards, policies and procedures.

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