Nurture babies and toddlers

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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop relationships with babies and toddlers and their families and attend to the specific physical and emotional needs of babies and toddlers from birth to 23 months. It requires the ability to follow individualised care routines for sleep, feeding and toileting.

This unit applies to educators who work according to established policies and procedures and under the guidance of others in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Early Childhood Education and Care

Unit Sector

Children’s Education and Care

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Reading skills to:

  • interpret service policies and procedures.

Oral communication skills to:

  • ask open and closed questions and actively listen to seek information and confirm understanding
  • interact and engage with children and families to build rapport.

Numeracy skills to:

  • prepare formula according to directions
  • measure quantities required when preparing formula.

Teamwork skills to:

  • share information to provide support in line with service policies and procedures.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE003 Provide care for children and CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia:

  • the following aspects of performance evidence must be directly observed by the assessor on at least one occasion:
  • change nappies
  • assist toddlers with toileting
  • prepare bottle, bottle feed babies and clean equipment
  • prepare pre-made solid food and feed babies
  • assist toddlers during mealtimes
  • respond appropriately to baby and toddler signs and cues
  • prepare and settle babies and toddlers for sleep
  • monitor and encourage age-appropriate physical exploration and gross motor skills – rolling over, sitting, crawling and walking
  • remaining performance evidence may be collected through authenticated third-party reports
  • observation and third-party reports must be supplemented by other forms of evidence
  • interactions with babies and toddlers must be supervised by an approved early childhood educator.

Skills related to reflection and documentation may be demonstrated outside of the service but must be based on work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

Where there is documented evidence that the service does not permit performance of any of the above skills by individuals who are not staff members, those skills may be demonstrated in a simulated environment, but must involve a real baby or toddler.

Where there is documented evidence that the service does not permit nappy changing or assistance with toileting by individuals who are not staff members, these skills may be demonstrated through simulated activities and scenarios without involvement of a real baby or toddler. However, all aspects of the process must be clearly demonstrated for assessment.

Simulated assessment environments must simulate the real-life working environment where the skills and knowledge within this unit would be utilised, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • areas for:
  • eating
  • food preparation
  • sleeping
  • playing
  • bathroom equipped with age-adjusted toileting equipment
  • equipment for:
  • eating:
  • bottles
  • solid food
  • heating equipment
  • utensils
  • high chairs
  • bibs
  • nappy changing:
  • nappies
  • wipes
  • change table
  • receptacle
  • ointments / creams
  • gloves
  • nappy bags
  • paper towel
  • hand washing facilities
  • play:
  • appropriate toys
  • sleeping:
  • cots and bedding
  • relevant aspects of National Quality Framework:
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • National Quality Standard
  • service standards, policies and procedures for:
  • children’s health and safety
  • relationships with children
  • educators for collaboration
  • babies and toddlers under the age of 23 months in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors.

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