CHCSAC001 - Support children to participate in school age care

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CHCSAC001 - Support children to participate in school age care

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and guide children’s effective participation in school age care.

This unit applies to educators working in school age education and care services.

The student has planned and implemented at least three experiences focusing on different areas or opportunities for children, including:

· using strategies to engage children to participate fully in out-of-school-hours program

· identifying particular support needs of individuals and groups of children

· reviewing individual child’s needs and ensuring program reflects those needs

· consulting with supervisor and family regarding effectiveness of support and development, and alternative support strategies

· reviewing program to determine effectiveness and adjusting support strategies where required

The student has identified the support needs of children in school age care by being able to: Evaluate specific support needs of the child and match to any existing experiences in the program

The student has identified the support needs of children in school age care by being able to: Use appropriate communication techniques to engage children and to identify specific needs

The student has identified the support needs of children in school age care by being able to: Consult with supervisor or other staff about particular needs of children including cultural needs, abilities, and developmental and behavioural needs

The student has identified the support needs of children in school age care by being able to: Clarify individual children’s support and guidance needs with the child, family, supervisor and other staff prior to working with child

The student has identified the support needs of children in school age care by being able to: Recognise and support sibling relationships where appropriate

The student is able to implement appropriate support and guidance strategies and also implement strategies to ensure inclusion of children from diverse backgrounds and children with additional needs.

The student followed appropriate procedures to minimise effects of aggressive or abusive behaviour in children.

The student is able to Use age-appropriate approaches and communication to enable children to express their need for support in a range of ways

The student is able to access support from supervisor as required to optimise the child’s participation in school age care

The student can determine effectiveness of individual support provided by: Designing and implementing appropriate processes for the evaluation and review of individual child support needs

The student can determine effectiveness of individual support provided by: Ensuring support provided reflects organisational procedures, industry standards and respect for the child as an individual

The student can determine effectiveness of individual support provided by: Regularly consulting with supervisor, other staff and family to review effectiveness of support provided in school age care

The student is able to monitor and adjust support strategies to include review outcomes: Regularly review information and support provided to children to assess continuing relevance and effectiveness

The student is able to monitor and adjust support strategies to include review outcomes: Attend meetings with other staff as appropriate to identify and evaluate school age care service

The student is able to monitor and adjust support strategies to include review outcomes: Identify and discuss problems experienced in providing support to children and develop alternative strategies in collaboration with supervisor, other staff and family

The student is able to monitor and adjust support strategies to include review outcomes: Make adjustments and implement alternative support strategies as a result of the review process


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 framework and standards documents to find areas relevant to this unit of competency
  • evaluative processes for school age care
  • principles of inclusiveness
  • safety and risk management strategies
  • organisational standards, policies and procedures.
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