Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to communicate and interact respectfully with children and to guide their behaviours in ways that support their agency, positive sense of self and self-regulation.

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.



Oral communication skills to:

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

Initiative and enterprise skills to:

  • determine appropriate strategies to support children’s individual needs.

Self-management skills to:

  • proactively seek opportunities to improve own work practice and conduct.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people, CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children and CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency.

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 each:
  • communicate positively and respectfully during interactions with children between the ages of birth and 6 years that collectively include:
  • group interactions
  • play opportunities
  • physical care routines
  • sustained individual interaction
  • times of transition – at least one of the following:
  • from one activity to another
  • from one location to another
  • during arrival at the service
  • 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 children must be supervised by an approved early childhood educator.

Skills related to reflection and documentation may be demonstrated outside of the service and may include experiences from work in non-regulated children’s education and care environments.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • National Quality Framework:
  • National Quality Standard
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • service policies and procedures for relationships with children
  • educators and supervisor for guidance and collaboration
  • children up to 6 years of age in a regulated education and care service in Australia.

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

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