Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

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The unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to monitor and maintain health and safety in the areas of individual health, hygiene, infectious disease, supervision, risk management, incident and emergency management. It includes the ability to contribute to the ongoing improvement of workplace health and safety policies and procedures.

This unit applies to educators who implement and monitor practices according to established service policies and procedures in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia. They may also provide guidance to other workers.

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.

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.

Writing skills to:

  • complete reports and forms according to service policies and procedures.

Oral communication skills to:

  • ask open and closed questions and actively listen to seek information and confirm understanding
  • accurately report and explain incidents.

Teamwork skills to:

  • share information in line with service policies and procedures.

Self-management skills to:

  • interpret information from written and verbal directions and action appropriately.

Technology skills to:

  • research health and safety issues and information using digital media.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children.

Assessment Conditions

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

  • interactions with children must be supervised by an approved early childhood educator.

Skills related to review of policies and developing a risk management plan may be demonstrated outside of the service but must be based on work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • information technology for research and documentation
  • National Quality Framework:
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations
  • National Quality Standard
  • service standards, policies and procedures as required by National Regulations for health and safety
  • educators for collaboration
  • 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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