Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care

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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and meet legal and ethical obligations. This includes the ability to recognise potential and actual examples of non-compliance with regulatory requirements and contribute to the continuous improvement of practice.

This unit applies to educators who work according to established policies and procedures 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


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 information about legal requirements and components of the National Quality Framework.

Oral communication skills to:

  • share information with appropriate personnel.

Writing skills to:

  • complete reports according to service policies and procedures.

Learning skills to:

  • locate relevant information regarding laws and regulations.

Problem-solving skills to:

  • identify deficiencies in information and address by ongoing searches.

Technology skills to:

  • research information about legal and ethical obligations using digital media.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 2. Minor changes. Equivalent outcome.

Release 1. CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care. New unit. No equivalent unit.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions:

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

Simulated assessment environments must simulate the real-life working environment where the skills and knowledge within this unit would be utilised, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • information technology for sourcing information
  • Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Code of Ethics
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • National Quality Framework:
  • Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations
  • National Quality Standard
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • service standards, policies and procedures for all aspects of operation.

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

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