Observe children to inform practice

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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and gather information about children from observation and other sources as part of a collaborative process and as a basis for curriculum planning.

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



Reading skills to:

  • interpret service policies and procedures
  • interpret children’s records.

Writing skills to:

  • record information and observations according to service 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.

Initiative and enterprise skills to:

  • determine appropriate strategies to support children’s individual needs
  • identify and evaluate relevance of various sources of information for curriculum planning.

Technology skills to:

  • record information according to service policies and procedures using digital media.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice supersedes and is equivalent to CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice.

Assessment Conditions

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

  • performance evidence may be collected through authenticated third-party reports
  • 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:

  • observation-recording tools
  • children’s records (real or simulated)
  • information technology for recording information
  • National Quality Framework:
  • National Quality Standard
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • service standards, policies and procedures for:
  • collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • educational program and practice
  • relationships with children
  • educators for guidance and collaboration
  • children between the ages of birth and six years 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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