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CHCPR509A: Document, interpret and use information about children


photo0 of carer playing with children while another carer takes notes

This unit builds on basic knowledge, skills and understandings gained through the unit CHCPR303D. It elaborates on skills and methods for gathering of information about children and focuses on skills relating to interpreting, planning and developing equitable observation systems that clearly link to programming. Innovative and contemporary approaches to monitoring children's development will be explored. Higher-level approaches to communicating and collaborating with children, family members and colleagues will be considered. Regulatory and quality assurance requirements and links to NSW Curriculum Framework will be examined.

  • When you have completed this unit you will know how to:

  • Gather and document detailed information about the child

  • Monitor children’s development al progress and develop understanding of individual children

  • Use information from observations with others

  • Use information to plan the program

  • Design observation systems with others.

Before you begin

Observing and recording what you observe is a critical set of skills that you will always be called upon to use throughout your career. If we know what we need to observe in children and if we can make these observations as accurately and as subjectively as we can, we will be able to design routines and programs that are appropriate to the children’s needs, strengths and skills.

It is important that you use any opportunity that avails itself to you to practise your observation and record-writing skills.

Here are videos of two different children. They are only samples in one setting, but you can use them to practise your observation skills.

two children playing with a wooden jigsaw and one child pointing to her eyes

Watch the videos

Based on what you can observe from these video clips:

  • Produce a brief plan for programming for each child for the next month based on the child’s interests, talents, strengths and needs. This could be done as a one page web or diagram of planning possibilities suited to this child.

  • Describe an observation system designed to gather further information about each child for the next month in a group care situation.

  • Make recommendations for how the centre can better meet each child’s needs as well extend his or her emerging interests and abilities. Make recommendations that can be implemented in the centre’s programming or in the daily routine of each child.