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Unit of competency details

CHCECE037 - Support children to connect with the natural environment (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes CHCECE012 - Support children to connect with their worldSignificant changes to unit content and assessment requirements to reflect sector requirements. 19/Jul/2021

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 20/Jul/2021


Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 090503 Children’s Services  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 090503 Children’s Services  15/Sep/2021 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world.

Application

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to support and encourage children’s connection with the natural environment.

This unit applies to educators who contribute to the curriculum planning process under the guidance of others in regulated children’s education and care services 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.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Competency Field

Early Childhood Education and Care

Unit Sector

Children’s Education and Care

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. Support children to develop an understanding of the natural environment.

1.1. Identify and use opportunities to discuss with children the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.

1.2. Model respect, care and appreciation for both natural and constructed environments.

1.3. Provide children with information and access to resources about the environment and the impact of activities on natural environments.

1.4. Identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection with and use of the natural environment.

2. Develop children’s appreciation of the natural environment.

2.1. Promote the use of natural and recycled materials in learning environments according to service policies and procedures and the needs of particular experiences.

2.2. Provide children with opportunities to explore the natural and constructed environment and their local community.

3. Enhance children’s engagement with the natural environment.

3.1. Identify opportunities for children to reduce their impact on the natural environment.

3.2. Support children to demonstrate respect for the natural environment.

3.3. Provide children with opportunities to experience the growth and care of living things.

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 

Oral communication skills to:

  • interact and engage with children to build rapport
  • build children’s skills through intentional teaching and use of open ended questions.

Initiative and enterprise skills to:

  • determine suitable sources of information about the natural environment.

Technology skills to:

  • research information about the natural environment using digital media.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5e0c25cc-3d9d-4b43-80d3-bd22cc4f1e53

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment supersedes and is not equivalent to CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world.

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:

  • on three occasions support children’s knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the natural environment. At least one of these occasions must involve Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ use of the natural environment
  • plan and implement two opportunities that encourage children to engage positively with the natural environment, using one indoor and one outdoor opportunity.

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 regulations and laws applicable to this unit including:
  • physical environment
  • relationships with children
  • the importance of the natural environment:
  • plants
  • animals, including insects
  • physical landscapes and environments
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connections with and knowledge of the natural world
  • benefits of nature play:
  • child development
  • physical and mental health
  • social and emotional learning
  • implications of non-exposure to nature
  • ways to encourage children to respect the natural environment:
  • in play and learning experiences
  • in practical routines
  • service standards, policies and procedures for:
  • physical environment
  • relationships with children.

Assessment Conditions

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

  • activities where children engage with the natural environment as outlined in the Performance Evidence must be directly observed by the assessor on at least one occasion
  • remaining performance evidence may be collected through authenticated third-party reports
  • observation and third-party reports must be supplemented by other forms of evidence
  • interactions with children must be supervised by an approved early childhood educator.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • National Quality Framework:
  • National Quality Standard
  • the relevant approved learning framework
  • service standards, policies and procedures for:
  • physical environment
  • relationships with children
  • children in a regulated education and care service in Australia.

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

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5e0c25cc-3d9d-4b43-80d3-bd22cc4f1e53