Children's Education and Care - Draft 3 Validation

CHCECE037_Support children to connect with the natural environment Draft 3.2

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Unit application and prerequisites

UNIT CODE

CHCECE037

UNIT TITLE

Support children to connect with the natural environment

APPLICATION

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.

PREREQUISITE UNIT

Nil

COMPETENCY FIELD

Early Childhood Education and Care

UNIT SECTOR

Children’s Education and Care

3 Comments

Great core unit

"I love that this is now a core unit. This is such an important aspect in Early Childhood and great to see it now as a core. We always delivered CHCECE012 as an elective."

Amanda Grainger 04.09.2020 03.37PM

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2 Replies

"I agree good that it is a core unit"

Heather Baldwin 09.09.2020 07.42PM

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"I believe the changes to this unit bring it more in line with the AQF level. And very happy it is a core unit. However the 'plan' in the performance evidence may be the wrong term used?"

Early Education and Care Dept. on behalf - Canberra Institute of Technology 10.09.2020 04.04PM

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Elements and performance criteria

ELEMENTS

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

  1. Support children to develop an understanding and respect for the natural environment.

 

    1. Identify and use opportunities to discuss with children the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.
    2. Model respect, care and appreciation for both natural and constructed environments.
    3. Provide children with information and access to resources about the environment and the impact of activities on natural environments.
    4. Identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples connection with and use of the natural environment.
  1. Develop an appreciation for the environment.

 

    1. Promote the use of natural and recycled materials in learning environments according to service guidelines and the needs of particular experiences.
    2. Provide children with opportunities to explore the natural and constructed environment and their local community.
  1. Enhance children’s engagement with the natural environment.
    1. Identify opportunities for children to reduce their impact on the natural environment.
    2. Support children to demonstrate respect for the natural environment.
    3. Provide children with opportunities to experience the growth and care of living things.

3 Comments

Wording of PC's

"PC 1.3 Is 'activities' relating to human activities? PC 2.1 ...according to service guidelines and the needs of particular experiences. Is this part of the PC required? What if the service does not have 'guidelines'. Promoting use would be ongoing rather than through a particular experience perhaps? PC 2.2 Perhaps using the word 'within' rather than 'and' before the words 'their local community' PC 1.4 is very broad - is this within their local area or a generalised statement?"

ECTARC Training Services 02.10.2020 01.51PM

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PC 2.2

"Should this PC say 'in' their local community rather than 'and'?"

Debbie Conway 14.09.2020 02.53PM

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"Yes agreed"

ECTARC Training Services 02.10.2020 01.53PM

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Foundation skills

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.

SKILLS

DESCRIPTION

Oral communication skills to:

  • interact with 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 relevant to the natural environment.

Technology skills to:

  • research information about the natural environment using digital media.

UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION

Pending

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

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Performance evidence

TITLE

Assessment Requirements for CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment.

PERFORMANCE EVIDENCE

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • document three examples of supporting children’s knowledge and understanding of the natural environment
    • at least one of these examples must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples use of the natural environment
  • plan and implement two opportunities that encourage children to engage positively with the natural environment, using one indoor and one outdoor opportunity.

2 Comments

Wording of PE's

"Is documenting a PE or a KE? Some ASQA auditors are quite specific about what is written in the PE section and take that to being an observation. Documenting is not an observation, it would be in the written assignment. For clarity it should possibly state 'document three examples of how the student has...' otherwise they could be examples of 'how someone could' and both are very different when it comes to interpretation and audits. The wording 'Plan and Implement' for the second dot point is much clearer."

ECTARC Training Services 02.10.2020 02.01PM

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"Good it has included one indoor & one outdoor but a little confusing with the above stating three needs to be a little clearer"

Heather Baldwin 11.09.2020 12.32PM

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Knowledge evidence

KNOWLEDGE EVIDENCE

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • requirements of the following National Quality Standard and related regulations and laws applicable to this unit including:
    • physical environment
  • the importance of the natural environment in a children’s education and care context:
    • plants
    • animals
    • insects
    • physical landscapes and environments
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples connections with and knowledge of the natural world
  • benefits of nature play
    • child development
    • physical and mental health
    • social and emotional learning
    • implications of non-exposure to nature
  • ways to encourage children to respect the natural environment:
    • in play and learning experiences
    • in practical routines
  • organisational standards, policies and procedures for:
    • physical environment
    • relationships with children.

2 Comments

Second dot point

"'The importance of the natural environment' perhaps does not need the words 'in a CEC context' and leave it as a general statement to include beyond the service. This concept could also be added into dot point 4 - to include the broader community."

ECTARC Training Services 02.10.2020 02.09PM

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"Needs to also include biodiversity & eco support systems"

Heather Baldwin 11.09.2020 12.33PM

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Assessment conditions

ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS

Skills must be demonstrated in a regulated 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
  • observation must be supplemented by authenticated third-party reports and 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
  • organisational 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.

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

1 Comments

'Activities'

"There is a bit of inconsistency with the use of the words 'activities' and 'experience'. Our preference would be 'experience'."

ECTARC Training Services 02.10.2020 02.12PM

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