Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing

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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to foster and enhance the holistic learning, development and wellbeing of children from birth to six years of age. It includes the ability to use detailed knowledge of different developmental domains and developmental theory and how these domains link to support holistic development.

This unit applies to educators who develop and implement curriculum in the context of an approved learning framework in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Work is undertaken independently, according to the philosophy of the service.

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
  • interpret information about childhood learning, development and wellbeing.

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 to build rapport.

Problem-solving skills to:

  • provide support to children and determine methods to appropriately scaffold learning according to individual ability.

Initiative and enterprise skills to:

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

Technology skills to:

  • research information about childhood learning, development and wellbeing using digital media.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood.

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:
  • provision of one experience
  • 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 research, planning and evaluation 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:

  • resources to support specific play and learning opportunities
  • information technology for research
  • National Quality Framework:
  • National Quality Standard
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • service standards, policies and procedures for:
  • children’s health and safety
  • educational program and practice
  • physical environment
  • relationships with children
  • educators for collaboration
  • children up to six 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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