CHCECE013 - Use information about children to inform practice

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CHCECE013 - Use information about children to inform practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather information about children through observation and other sources as a basis to inform program-planning cycles and to share with children and their families.

This unit applies to educators working in a range of education and care services.


The student has observed, documented and analysed information regarding at least three (3) children of varying ages, including:

· gathering and recording information using:

· observations

· questioning

· discussion with families

· anecdotal information

· learning stories

· jottings

· digital images

· samples of children’s work

The student has analysed observations of the children’s behaviour, including:

· aspects of child’s development

· knowledge, ideas, abilities and interests

· social interactions

· reactions to play environment

· The student has writing reports that record observations accurately and respectfully to the level of detail expected in the service

· The student has been using information to contribute to program/planning.

The student has gathered information about the child through observation by:

· Observing, listening and talking with children for sustained periods of time

· Paying close attention to what the child is saying and doing

· Identifying their interests, ideas, knowledge and skills

The student has gathered information about the child from secondary sources by:

· Using child records to collect information about each child

· Collaborating with family and other educators to collect information about each child’s needs, interests, skills and cultural practices

The student has been recording observations in log book appropriately after the Parent/ Supervisor/Employer consent by:

· Ensuring information collected through observation and secondary sources is discussed with relevant people and recorded accurately in accordance with service requirements

· Ensuring discussion and recording of information is free from biased comments and negative labelling of children

The student has used observations and information collected to contribute to program planning by:

· Using information gathered about the child to contribute to the planning of programs that promote children’s learning and development

· Using information gathered about the child to ensure interactions are responsive and respectful of the individual child

Knowledge Evidence:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. These include knowledge of:

  • how to access:
  • the National Quality Framework
  • the National Quality Standards
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • how to navigate through standards and framework documents to find areas relevant to this unit of competency
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • code of ethics
  • reflective practice
  • child development, in order to analyse information and plan accordingly
  • observation techniques
  • report-writing standards and protocols relevant to the context of observation reports
  • organisational standards, policies and procedures.

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