Unit of competency details

CHCFC512A - Foster physical development in middle childhood (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CHCFC2C - Foster and enhance children's developmentMajor change to competency outcome with focus on physical development specific to middle childhood 24/Mar/2011
Is superseded by CHCSAC005 - Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in school age careThis version was released in CHC Community Services Training Package release 1.0 and meets the requirements of the New Standards for Training Packages. 30/Jun/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
CHC30708 - Certificate III in Children's ServicesCertificate III in Children's ServicesSuperseded
CHC30712 - Certificate III in Children's ServicesCertificate III in Children's ServicesSuperseded
CHC41208 - Certificate IV in Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Certificate IV in Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Superseded
CHC41712 - Certificate IV in Education SupportCertificate IV in Education SupportSuperseded
CHC51008 - Diploma of Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Diploma of Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Superseded1-2 
CHC41212 - Certificate IV in Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Certificate IV in Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Superseded
CHC30808 - Certificate III in Education SupportCertificate III in Education SupportSuperseded
CHC41708 - Certificate IV in Education SupportCertificate IV in Education SupportSuperseded
CHC30812 - Certificate III in Education SupportCertificate III in Education SupportSuperseded
CHC51308 - Diploma of Education SupportDiploma of Education SupportDeleted1-3 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 070103 Teacher Education: Primary  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 070103 Teacher Education: Primary  02/Feb/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor


This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to plan and provide experiences to enhance children's physical development during middle childhood

Application of the Unit


This competency applies to all work roles involved in the care of children having responsibility for understanding and application of terminology, principles and influences governing physical development of children

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains Employability Skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements define the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

The Performance Criteria specify the level of performance required to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Terms in italics are elaborated in the Range Statement.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Provide planned and spontaneous experiences to foster the physical development of children

1.1 Identify and monitor children's physical skills  and development

1.2 Plan and provide developmentally appropriate experiences and opportunities to foster children's fine and gross motor and fundamental movement skills

1.3 Plan and provide experiences which challenge the physical skills and abilities of children and promote physical fitness 

1.4 Plan and provide experiences to challenge the physical endeavours of children, including promotion of outdoor play, and check clothing is suitable to weather conditions

1.5 Provide opportunities for children to practice physical skills and expand/extend children's physical activities though the use of outdoor space and the natural environment

1.6 Select and provide equipment to encourage spontaneity in physically active play

1.7 Arrange equipment to provide challenge and choice, to encourage independence and to facilitate physically active play

1.8 Support children and families to understand the relationship between physical activity and good health whilst still respecting family and cultural values

1.9 Plan experiences that extend children's physical activity through music and dance

2. Create opportunities for children to develop a wide range of physical skills

2.1 Develop opportunities for physical activity within the context of the service

2.2 Select and provide a variety of toys, materials, equipment and spaces to encourage the development of a wide range of fine and gross motor and fundamental movement skills

2.3 Identify and seek advice when children require specialist assistance

2.4 Create opportunities to support emerging skills of individual children where necessary

2.5 Encourage children of both genders to participate in the full range of activities

2.6 Provide opportunities for children to develop and learn new physical skills

2.8 Provide opportunities for children to consolidate their physical skills towards independence

3. Interact with the child to foster skill development

3.1 Use a variety of strategies to encourage children's physical skills and development

3.2 Provide positive acknowledgement of children's efforts to participate

3.3 Participate in relevant activities experiences with children

3.4 Demonstrate enthusiasm for physical activity

3.5 Encourage children to express ideas for physical experiences

3.6 Encourage physical activity and active play whilst respecting each child's level of ability and participation

3.7 Encourage children's confidence and safety awareness when participating in physically active play

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge :

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 identified work role

These include:

  • Demonstrated understanding of children's physical development and skill development
  • Importance of promoting a healthy weight and the relationship between nutrition intake and physical activity in relation to childhood obesity and poor health
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing 2004, National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children and Youth
  • Acceptance of each child's rate of development, needs, interests and strengths
  • Experiences that will enhance all areas of physical development
  • Needs of children with a sensory/physical disability
  • Equipment, toys, music and resources that can be used to stimulate physical development
  • Knowledge of interaction between physical development and other areas of development - especially social and psychological development
  • Fundamental movement skills set
  • Play that extends physical activity involvement and ability
  • Relevant organisation standards policies and procedures
  • Definitions and principles of growth and general influences on physical development including:
  • physical development
  • qualitative and quantitative changes
  • growth, maturation and readiness
  • chronological and maturational age
  • gross motor, fine motor, coordination
  • fundamental movement skill development
  • kinaesthetic awareness
  • early perceptual development
  • sensory motor development
  • sensory integration
  • cultural and family values
  • Relevant theories including:
  • maturation
  • percentile norms
  • Different beliefs about development due to culture, community, family beliefs

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Essential knowledge  (contd ):

  • Organisation standards, policies and procedures relating to physical experiences provided in the workplace to encourage the physical development of children
  • Relevant principles within the Quality Improvement Accreditation System - National Child Care Accreditation Council
  • Awareness of the following national child health and well being core competencies as they apply to all who deliver care to children:
  • core principles of child development and the key developmental tasks faced by children and their implications for practice
  • cumulative effects of multiple risk and protective factors and the developmental implications of the balance between them
  • environmental conditions and the experiences known to have positive effects on prenatal and early childhood
  • environmental conditions and experiences known to have adverse effects on prenatal and early childhood development
  • factors that support or undermine the capacity of families to rear children adequately
  • features of a family's immediate social environment that are important for family functioning and children's development and well being
  • features and qualities of communities that help or hinder families in their capacity to raise children adequately
  • core needs that all children and families have in common, and how to provide inclusive child and family services
  • understanding of particular backgrounds, experiences and needs of children and families in exceptional circumstances or with additional needs

Essential skills :

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

  • Plan and arrange a range of developmental opportunities which are matched to the developmental stage and specific needs of the children and which will enhance their development
  • Set up venue/environments and equipment/materials so that they facilitate physically active play
  • Provide opportunities for children to interact positively with other children and to accept individual differences giving due regard to age, cultural, and development of children
  • Engage with children to promote their participation in experiences

In addition, the candidate must be able 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 identified work role

These include the ability to:

  • Demonstrate application of skills in:
  • reflective practice
  • acceptance of each child's rate of development, needs, interests and strengths
  • developmentally based/child focused planning
  • interpersonal skills
  • time management
  • active listening
  • empathy
  • work organisation skills
  • valuing of differences among children - stage of development, needs, interests, strength
  • Apply the following skills identified as underpinning national child health and well being core competencies, where they are applicable to the work role:
  • implement effective evidence-based service delivery
  • coordinate service delivery to families with an interdisciplinary teamwork approach and where possible collaborative interagency practice
  • identify emerging trends in child needs and how to address them
  • provide environments and relationships that are safe for young people
  • engage and work with parents/carers and families

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this unit of competency :

  • The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills
  • This unit could be assessed either on the job or off the job for a range of age groups, a range of activities and a range of needs over a number of assessment conditions and situations

Access and equity considerations :

  • All workers in community services should be aware of access, equity and human rights issues in relation to their own area of work
  • All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • In recognition of particular issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Context of and specific resources for assessment :

  • This unit can be assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other community services units of competency is encouraged
  • Resource requirements for assessment include access to a range of opportunities defined in the Range Statement

Method of assessment :

  • In cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral questioning on 'What if?' scenarios
  • Assessment of this unit of competence will usually include observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on Essential knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes
  • Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a 'period of time' and/or in a 'number of locations', any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons

Range Statement


The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Opportunities to support children's development will vary according to a number of factors , such as :

  • Physical environment
  • Purpose of the service
  • The amount and type of support from parents and participation by parents
  • The level of support available to the service from external bodies e.g. specialist advice services, resource workers, inclusion support workers
  • The frequency and regularity of use of the service by the child
  • Age of the child

Physical skills may include :

  • Skills in motor areas - fine and gross motor
  • Dexterity
  • Eye - hand coordination
  • Balance
  • Locomotion
  • Coordination
  • Fundamental movement skills sets:
  • static balance
  • sprint run
  • vertical jump
  • catch
  • hop
  • side gallop
  • skip
  • over-arm throw
  • leap
  • kick
  • dodge
  • two hand strike
  • dance and physical response to music

Promote physical fitness skills may relate to experience such as :

  • Active games
  • Sports
  • Exercises
  • Fine motor skill areas
  • Setting up venue/environment
  • Range of environments and equipment
  • Socio dramatic play
  • Play with construction materials
  • Music and movement experiences

Opportunities to develop relevant physical skills will vary according to the age /ability of the child and must include :

For 6 to 12 years old :

  • Opportunities for development of balance, skilled climbing, riding, skating opportunities to develop skills in running, kicking, catching, skipping, throwing, writing, drawing, gluing etc.

Opportunities provided to develop skills may need to be adapted to accommodate factors such as :

  • Availability of indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Environment
  • Venue/location
  • Type of service
  • Workers own physical capabilities
  • The desire and ability for children to set up equipment themselves
  • Safety considerations
  • Peer group pressure

Interaction may be with a variety of people including :

  • Children of same age
  • Children of different ages
  • Adults

Diversity among children may include differences due to :

  • Gender
  • Race, culture and ethnicity
  • Age/maturity
  • Interests and preferences
  • Social context and lifestyle
  • Abilities
  • Socioeconomic factors

The acceptance of differences among children will be affected by :

  • Children's age/maturity
  • Capabilities
  • Children's family, school, peer group attitudes and beliefs
  • Life experiences
  • Prior learning experiences

Experiences that promote social interaction will vary according to the age of the children :

For 6 to 12 year old children :

  • Peer group interaction is very significant
  • Establish initiatives to link children with a wider range of children to encourage broader interaction
  • Development of trusting relationships with adults/workers
  • Allow children to establish and maintain friendships and groups
  • Opportunities for children to play without adult intervention are provided

Individual differences may include :

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family background and lifestyle
  • Abilities and disabilities
  • Style of social interaction
  • Appearance
  • Cultural beliefs and practices
  • Temperament
  • Interests
  • Peer group acceptance, membership or isolation

Non stereotypical images could include :

  • Children and adults of both genders engaging in a range of experiences
  • Children of a range of races
  • Range of appearances
  • Range of abilities
  • Different family compositions
  • People from a variety of cultural backgrounds together
  • Range of additional needs of children

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable