Identify situations in which non-routine physical care is required

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.3: Support physical care routines for children
Learning outcome: Understand the physical care needs of children
Assessment criteria: Identify situations in which non-routine physical care is required


We have previously explored some of the routine physical care tasks that early years practitioners may need to carry out. In this section we will take a look at some situations where non-routine physical care may be required.

Non-routine means that the task is not part of the usual daily routine and may be required due to an illness, injury or special circumstances. For example, if a child has a cold, the practitioner may need to wipe their nose and teach them how to dispose of the tissue properly.


Another example is if a child has eczema, the practitioner may need to apply emollient cream and teach the child how to care for their skin. This may be a seasonal activity if eczma only flares up during the summer or winter.

If a child has any medical needs, the practitioner will need to be familiar with these and know how to administer any medication that may be required. They will also need to keep parents informed of their child’s progress and any possible changes.


If a child has a bump, they may require first aid, such as a cold compress or a bandage. The practitioner will also need to keep an eye on the child in case they display any signs of concussion.

In all of these cases, it is important that the practitioner is familiar with the relevant procedures and is able to carry them out confidently. They should also keep parents informed of any changes in their child’s condition.

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