Program management

Design, implement and evaluate programs and care routines for children CHCPR510A

This unit is about designing, implementing and evaluating programs and individual care routines to foster and enhance children's development.



1. Gather information that will be useful for planning programs

  1. Use or establish opportunities to gather all necessary information from and communicate to those involved
  2. Identify ideas and concerns about the current program, care routines and setting and consider them in designing the program and care plans
  3. Your programs need to reflect the philosophy and goals of your service.
  4. Gather information about each child's development to inform the program and routines


2. Design and implement programs to enhance children's development

  1. Develop and implement child centred programs and routines that:
    • aim to extend children's experiences
    • develop children's self help skills
    • foster all aspects of children's development in a holistic way
    • support smooth transitions
  2. In your plans include routines, transitions, organization of time and space, experiences and interactions
  3. Ensure programs provide for capabilities, interests, emerging skills and backgrounds of children who attend the service
  4. Ensure all resources required for program are identified and available at the required time
  5. Develop a flexible daily timetable, incorporating developmental opportunities, routines and transition experiences


3. Design and implement programs that are relevant to cultural and social contexts of children and their community

  1. Gather information about contexts of the children's lives and use it to guide planning
  2. Identify varying expectations of parents of diverse backgrounds and accommodate where possible
  3. Develop and implement programs that reflect diversity and inclusive perspectives in an ongoing manner
  4. Select experiences and resources that reflect diversity and promote cross cultural awareness in a positive and respectful manner
  5. Select experiences and resources that support and develop children's identities


4. Develop appropriate settings and environments

  1. Evaluate settings, environments and resources and modify in relation to children's cultures, family backgrounds and interests
  2. Evaluate settings, environments and resources and modify to foster all aspects of children's development and learning and provide children with choices
  3. Implement modifications within constraints of resources available and service location and to promote the organization and aesthetics


5. Monitor and evaluate programs

  1. Adapt your plan according to children's responses, conditions of the day and opportunities that arise spontaneously
  2. Gather and document information using various methods to assess the progress and achievements of each child.
  3. Use or establish opportunities to gather feedback and comments from all those involved
  4. Include children's responses and comments as part of the evaluation process
  5. Regularly evaluate programs according to service guidelines
  6. Identify and apply appropriate criteria for evaluating the overall program including criteria for:
    • short term and long term goals of the program
    • progress of individual children
    • progress of the group of children
    • philosophy and goals of the service
    • cost effectiveness
    • appropriate practice
    • daily programs, weekly programs
  7. Use evaluation information towards further design of programs


6. Other required skills

  1. Manage contingencies
  2. Communicate effectively with target groups
  3. Analysis and reflective thinking
  4. Select and administer appropriate assessment and evaluation tools
  5. Treat all parents and children equitably, including Indigenous people
  6. Work with cultural diversity.