Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Extend knowledge of early childhood development and learning.
- Explore and compare theories and research from credible sources relating to early childhood development and learning.
- Assess the relevance of information in relation to own pedagogical practices and philosophy.
- Assess the relevance of information in relation to service and child context.
- Identify and use opportunities to update and enhance own knowledge.
- Share knowledge with colleagues and others involved in the care and education of children.
- Support children’s sense of belonging
- Research and develop understanding of theories related to belonging.
- Develop relationships with and knowledge of children and their families.
- Develop and implement strategies to build children’s sense of belonging.
- Monitor and evaluate strategies used to build children’s sense of belonging.
- Plan and provide opportunities for children’s development.
- Support children’s understanding of the link between physical fitness and their health and well-being.
- Create opportunities for children to develop positive self-image and identity through play.
- Provide opportunities for children to recognise their own and others’ emotions and to release feelings using a range of strategies.
- Provide opportunities for children to investigate ethical issues relevant to their lives and communities.
- Structure experiences in a way that promotes cooperation and conflict resolution.
- Create a literacy-rich environment including opportunities to engage with familiar and unfamiliar culturally constructed text.
- Provide resources that encourage children to experiment with images and print to support language and literacy learning.
- Provide opportunities for children to participate in science, mathematics, engineering and technology experiences.
- Assess and monitor children’s skills and development across all developmental domains.
- Foster holistic and collaborative practice.
- Implement teaching and learning strategies that are suitable to support specific developmental areas.
- Encourage children to explore, experiment and take risks through planning and providing learning environments and opportunities with appropriate levels of challenge across developmental areas.
- Plan and provide opportunities through play for children to experience the consequences of their choices, actions and ideas.
- Create opportunities for children to participate in meaningful ways in group discussion and shared decision-making.
- Build opportunities for involvement in experiences that support the investigation of ideas, complex concepts and thinking, reasoning and hypothesising.
- Ensure a balance between child-initiated and educator-supported learning.
- Evaluate work practice.
- Monitor children’s learning and development through observation and critical reflection.
- Identify and use opportunities to gather feedback from colleagues, families and children.
- Use children’s responses and feedback to critically reflect on own pedagogical practice.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to regularly evaluate work practices and document outcomes according to service guidelines.
- Use evaluation outcomes to inform future practice.