Children's Education and Care - Draft 3 Validation

CHCECE041_Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Draft 3.2

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Unit application and prerequisites

UNIT CODE

CHCECE041

UNIT TITLE

Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

APPLICATION

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.

 

This unit applies to educators who develop and implement practices in accordance with organisational policies in a regulated children’s education and care service 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

CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

COMPETENCY FIELD

Early Childhood Education and Care

UNIT SECTOR

Children’s Education and Care

10 Comments

pre-requisite

"This needs to be removed or unit CHCECE002 needs to be included to be in line with the overall Diploma pre-requisite. "

Kirsty Fantini 09.09.2020 01.06PM

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"Agreed "

Melanie Mayfield 09.09.2020 02.06PM

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"I agree Kirsty get rid of the pre-requisite it is not needed. Core introductory health and safety covered in all previous Certificate III's and current practice supports competency of current requirements at that level."

Janis Green 10.09.2020 03.17PM

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Infection control

"Infectious disease is mentioned in the application section but nowhere else. Given we are experiencing a pandemic this seems to be an over site. Infection control needs to be included in the PE dot point one list and the KE dot point three list."

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 11.38AM

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Importance of unit

"This is an essential unit for the diploma and explores children's health and safety at a higher level than the cert 3 unit. There is a big difference between support and manitain from an AQF level perspective."

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 10.55AM

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Prerequisite Unit CHCECE031

"If the unit CHCECE031 is a prerequisite for CHCECE041: can this be chosen as one of the electives for the Diploma? In which those learners with the CHC30113 will need to be enrolled into. This might be a solution and will need to be clearly documented in the 'Companion Volume Implementation Guide.' (Same for unit CHCECE049 with prerequisite unit CHCECE037). "

Penbe Durdu 19.08.2020 04.39PM

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"The pre-req is not viable. This will create a HUGE barrier. Can we not have the equiv units within chc30113 as well as 031 instead?"

Cara Morris 19.08.2020 02.58PM

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"I agree. If we are accepting CHC30113 as a pre-req for the Diploma, then we should be able to accept CHCECE002 as a pre-req for this unit or not have a pre-req at all given that CHCECE031 is a core in CHC30120."

Amanda Grainger 10.09.2020 03.27PM

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Pre- requisite unit requirement

"Remove this! If CHC30113 is the entry requirement, the whole qualification should be accepted. New learners are going to have to do 031 at additional time and cost just to do this unit. What a waste of time!! Again, we are forgetting the notion of competency based learning. An educator with CHC30113, I feel does not gain anything new knowledge wise, by doing 031, just to do this unit. "

Carla Scalia 19.08.2020 12.40PM

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"I completely agree! This creates an instant barrier for Diploma students who hold CHC30113. It's also a huge contradiction to say that CHC30113 is a pre-requisite for the qualification, and then on another hand add additional pre-requisites for individual units that sit outside CHC30113 as they are in the new Cert III."

Chloe Brewer 19.08.2020 12.52PM

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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. Determine health and safety policies and procedures of the service.
    1. Identify and access health and safety policies and procedures.
    2. Establish the scope of own role and responsibilities in maintaining health and safety from policies and procedures.
  1. Monitor implementation of health and safety policies and procedures.
    1. Model and monitor compliance with service health and safety policies and procedures.
    2. Encourage and assist colleagues to meet health and safety requirements through regular communication and provision of up to date information.
    3. Identify and respond to issues according to service policies and procedures.
    4. Identify and report health and safety training needs to relevant supervisors.
    5. Complete and maintain accurate health and safety records according to service policies and procedures.
  1. Monitor risk.
    1. Identify potential or actual hazards based on monitoring of children, activities and physical areas.
    2. Assess the safety risk associated with the hazard according to service risk management procedures.
    3. Inform relevant parties in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.
    4. Take action to eliminate or control the risk based on completed risk assessment.
  1. Contribute to health and safety policies and procedures.

 

    1. Identify and use opportunities to maintain currency of knowledge about health and safety issues.
    2. Identify and access information from credible and authoritative sources.
    3. Seek feedback from colleagues on health and safety practices and potential issues through formal and informal communication.
    4. Use feedback and own critical reflection to contribute to the improvement of health and safety policies and procedures.
  1. Manage risk for excursions.
    1. Complete excursion risk management plan.
    2. Identify staffing requirements and allocation of resources according to service policies and procedures and legislative requirements.
    3. Assess location, facilities and activities to identify potential hazards.
    4. Obtain permission from families and communicate expectations for the child’s involvement.
    5. Confirm insurance, volunteer credentials, transport requirements in line with service policies and procedures and legislative requirements.
    6. Use intentional teaching techniques to prepare children for the excursion.
    7. Collaborate with educators and volunteers to minimise and manage risk.

2 Comments

Elements

"Element 1 and element 4 could easily be combined as Element 1 Contribute to H&S P&P with 6 PC. The term determine in this context is inappropriate and ambiguous and should be removed. The whole competency seems to be knowledge heavy. There needs to be a clearer implementation component other than for excursion. Suggestion: Element 2 reworded to “monitor and implement H&S P&Ps” "

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 11.39AM

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Infection control

"Infectious disease is mentioned in the application section but nowhere else. Given we are experiencing a pandemic this seems to be an over site. Infection control needs to be included in the PE dot point one list and the KE dot point three list."

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 11.37AM

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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

Reading skills to:

  • comprehend content of organisational policies and procedures.

Writing skills to:

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

Self-management skills to:

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

Technology skills to:

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

UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION

Pending

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

1 Comments

Critical reflection

"Should critical reflection be a separate foundation skill?"

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 12.37PM

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Performance evidence

TITLE

Assessment Requirements for CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

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:

  • examine existing service policies and procedures and support materials and critically assess how risks are addressed in at least two of the following areas:
    • health safety and wellbeing
    • incidents, injury, trauma and illness
    • medical conditions
    • administration of medication
    • emergencies and evacuations
    • drop off and collection of children
    • supervision
  • develop a risk management plan for an excursion, in accordance with all legislative requirements and in line with service policies and procedures.

5 Comments

Excursion potentially not relevant for School Age Care

"Unless the service runs a holiday program a school age care service may not undertake excursions,"

Andrea Green 11.09.2020 05.19PM

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Critically assess

"The terms "critically assess" and "critical reflection" are both used. For clarity, Can we settle on one consistent instruction? Replace "critically assess" with "critically reflect about""

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 12.48PM

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"agree"

Andrea Green 11.09.2020 05.17PM

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Emergencies

"In PE dot point 1 emergencies and evacuations needs to be a compulsory rather than a selective component. The most compelling reason being that everyone in a service needs to know how to evacuate or shutdown in an emergency. This is a WHS issue and a ‘duty of care’ responsibility. Suggestion: A stand-alone additional dot point – examine existing service policies and procedures for emergency evacuation and lockdown and identify the role of all staff in these emergency situations."

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 11.40AM

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"I agree with Maree, and I strongly believe that we should retain a workplace simulated emergency evacuation as part of the Diploma qualification. Students need the opportunity to understand and experience emergency procedures during their course in order to be job ready for the work place. "

Emma Freitas 11.09.2020 04.04PM

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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 regulation and laws applicable to this unit, including:
    • health and safety
  • health and safety roles, responsibilities and interrelationships of different personnel in children’s education and care services
  • requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations in relation to children’s health and safety and specifically how these are translated into service policies and procedures:
    • health, safety and wellbeing of children
    • incidents, injury, trauma and illness
    • medical conditions policy
    • administration of medication
    • emergencies and communication
    • collection of children from premises and excursions
  • regulations and requirements associated with the transport of children in vehicles
  • established and authoritative sources of information including regulatory requirements and government health guidelines and advice about health and safety issues that should be used in informing service practice
  • supervision planning, set up and implementation requirements and considerations for different:
    • age groups
    • areas (including playground)
    • activities
  • critical reflection:
    • what is critical reflection
    • why and how educators use critical reflection
    • what makes for meaningful critical reflection
  • principles of risk management.

2 Comments

Various

"None of the dot points flow well from the stem. Suggested stem “The demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit includes:” Dot point 1 - Use QA number and full name = QA2 Children's health and safety Swap dot point 2 and 3 around for better flow of information Dot point 2 - Remove “and interrelationships” from dot point 2 – a confusing and unnecessary term Dot point 3 - Remove the word ‘policy’ from dot point 3.3 – for consistency and flow. Dot point 3.5 Separate out emergencies and communication. I know these occur under the same division in the regulations, but they are separately numbered regulations usually dealt with under separate policies. Suggestion: “*emergencies and evacuations”. second point “*communication equipment.” Makes it very clear. Dot point 3.6 Separate out ‘collection of children’ from ‘excursions’ into two dot points for similar reasons to above. Dot point 5 Suggested rewording for clarity: “information, guidelines and health and safety practices recommended by relevant health organisations, government departments and other authoritative sources that should be used in informing service practice.” Dot point 6 Suggest rewording for clarity: “health and safety considerations in supervision planning, setting up environments and implementing activities for different: *age groups *areas (including playground) Dot point 7 Please remove this. The unit is about the health and safety of children. Critical reflection is not specific health and safety knowledge and should not be explicitly addressed here. It is a process that learners need to use and will be taught as an underpinning skill like the foundation skills. If anything, perhaps it should be included as a foundation skill. "

Maree Aldwinckle 20.08.2020 12.41PM

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"I agree with you Maree that critical reflection does not seem to fit in with this unit."

Emma Freitas 11.09.2020 03.54PM

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Assessment conditions

ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS

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

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

 

Skills related to developing a risk management plan may be demonstrated outside of the service.

 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • 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.

 

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

LINKS

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

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