Early Childhood Education and Care - Draft 2 Validation

CHCECE041_Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Draft 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 children’s education and care service.

 

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

PREREQUISTE UNIT

CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing

COMPETENCY FIELD

Early Childhood Education and Care

UNIT SECTOR

Children’s Education and Care

1 Comments

Unit application description

"The detail provided in the application description (i.e. individual health, hygiene, infectious disease, supervision, incidents) is not sufficiently apparent in the Elements and Performance Criteria."

Lorraine Walker 22.02.2019 04.17PM

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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 service health and safety policies and procedures
    1. Identify and access service 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. Reconnoitre 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 risk.

3 Comments

Elements and performance criteria

"If CHCECE041_Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Draft 2 is intended as a replacement for HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety, then the HLTWHS003 higher order knowledge and skills such as ‘the development of strategies’; ‘implement risk control in line with the hierarchy of risk control’; ‘residual risk’; maintaining WHS incident records’ etc., as well as explicit reference to ‘State/territory legislation and how it impacts on workplace regulations, codes of practice and industry standards’ in HLTWHS003 knowledge evidence may be missed. Overall, there seems to be too much emphasis on understanding service policies and procedures at the detriment of their practical application. 5.3 Assess would be more easily understood than ‘reconnoitre’. "

Lorraine Walker 22.02.2019 04.17PM

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CHCECE041

"Interesting word in 5.3 - 'Reconnoitre'."

Debbie Conway 12.02.2019 01.39PM

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1 Reply

"I agree Debbie, the definition can vary but it does usually involve assessing a region's geographical features by military personnel. I feel the word assess would be more appropriate."

Liza Corrigan 15.02.2019 03.05PM

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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:

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Writing skills to:

  • complete reports and forms.

Oral communication skills to:

  • report and explain incidents.

Numeracy skills to:

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Learning skills to:

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Problem-solving skills to:

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Initiative and enterprise skills to:

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Teamwork skills to:

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Planning and organising skills to:

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Self-management skills to:

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Technology skills to:

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

UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION

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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 communication
    • collection of children
  • develop a risk management plan for an excursion, in accordance with all legislative requirements and in line with service policies and procedures.

2 Comments

CHCECE041-PE

"I have been mulling over the PE - examine existing service policies and procedures and support materials and critically assess how risks are addressed in at least two of the following areas. Taking into consideration the PC and KE, I think it means: - identify the regulations - examine the policies, procedures and support materials - assess if all regulations are represented. So in short - demonstrate how all regulations are represented through policies, procedures and support materials for two of the following? (or similar) Currently seems convoluted."

Debbie Conway 27.05.2019 06.07PM

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Performance evidence

"A preferred task would be to demonstrate or provide evidence of at least two of the listed areas according to service policies and procedures. Also, the performance evidence listed in HLTWHS003 includes relevant practical applications of service policies and procedures."

Lorraine Walker 22.02.2019 04.18PM

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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(s) 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 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
  • principles of risk management.

4 Comments

CHCECE041-KE

"1. KE - 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: Wondering if this needs to add a bit on the end - such as: then the dot points. It is unclear if the 'specific translation' needs to be explained for each and every single policy and regulation, or means going through many policies and showing how each includes regulations or means knowing about how regulations are represented in policies and procedures and being able to identify this. I would think at Diploma level the student should be able to understand how a policy and procedure involves and includes regulations, or be taught that information/skill, then apply it to each policy or procedure they consider. "

Debbie Conway 27.05.2019 08.25PM

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remove duplication from ECE031

"seems to be some duplication from ECE031 and some cut and past in the knowledge evidence from this unit also "

Sue Wyatt 23.04.2019 03.37PM

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Knowledge evidence

"Add explicit reference to ‘State/territory legislation and how it impacts on workplace regulations, codes of practice and industry standards’ and ‘Principles of hazards and risk assessment’ as listed in HLTWHS003."

Lorraine Walker 22.02.2019 04.18PM

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"This KE as always served students well at this level of management. They have audited against services policies for standards, regulations, other legislation (WHS OHS)-they have then looked at the practices and identified if their are any areas which don't have clear procedures or where there may have been legislative changes etc. or practices which are not being followed and analysing to discover why not. This audit also served them well for the WHS unit and the Compliance unit too"

Anne Parker 28.05.2019 03.15PM

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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 documentation of procedures may be demonstrated outside of the service.

 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care
    • 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.

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1 Comments

Simulated setting

"I preface this comment stating I fully support placement in regulated education and care service however if this unit is to replce the WHS unit in the previous package could this be assessed in a simulated setting ? This would allow students to pass this unit and be deemed competent befor attending placement and alot of the criteria is problematic to be assessed in a service and difficult for the student to complete given the parameters and permissions they have as a student. In a simulated setting it can be explored and assessed much deeper and as stated allows the student to be competent before placement making them and the service more OHS complaint and safe. "

Sue Wyatt 23.04.2019 03.34PM

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