Foster cognitive development in early childhood

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CHCFC505A, 'Foster cognitive development in early childhood'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Assist children to develop thinking and problem solving skills

1.1 Provide varied and appropriately challenging opportunities and resources related to each child's stage of development and interests

1.2 Provide opportunities for children to experience the consequences of their choices, actions and ideas

1.3 Encourage children to explore, understand and solve problems in their environment

1.4 Use a variety of strategies to maintain children's interest in solving problems

1.5 Provide challenging and engaging experiences for each child to develop their attention span and give them time to stay with the activity until they are ready to move on

1.6 Introduce new ideas/activities that may build on existing knowledge, skills and interests

1.7 Use questioning and non-verbal communication to develop children's abilities to observe what is happening around them

1.8 Identify and monitor children's cognitive development and thinking skills

2. Promote opportunities for a wide range of developmentally appropriate experiences in science mathematics technology and the environment

2.1 Present a range of developmentally appropriate experiences in science, maths and technology

2.2 Present a range of experiences to stimulate learning about the environment

2.3 Recognise children's abilities and respond to their interests and learning potential

2.4 Encourage participation in science, maths, technology and environmental learning experiences in a way that is enjoyable

2.5 Present experiences that stimulate children's curiosity and learning

2.6 Provide opportunities for children to further explore their concept development

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCFC505A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC41708 - Certificate IV in Education Support
  • CHC51308 - Diploma of Education Support
  • CHC50908 - Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)