Support children to connect with the natural environment

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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to support and encourage children’s connection with the natural environment.

This unit applies to educators who contribute to the curriculum planning process 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:

  • interact and engage with children to build rapport
  • build children’s skills through intentional teaching and use of open ended questions.

Initiative and enterprise skills to:

  • determine suitable sources of information about the natural environment.

Technology skills to:

  • research information about the natural environment using digital media.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world.

Assessment Conditions

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

  • activities where children engage with the natural environment as outlined in the Performance Evidence must be directly observed by the assessor on at least one occasion
  • 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.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • National Quality Framework:
  • National Quality Standard
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • service standards, policies and procedures for:
  • physical environment
  • relationships with children
  • children 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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