The Big Picture is written to support delivery of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. It provides students with a practical introduction to working in a children’s service and will help them understand the relationship between theory and best practice.This new edition covers the following key areas:• Complying – includes the National Quality Framework - the National Regulations, the National Law and the National Quality Standards as well as the Early Years Learning Framework. • Working and work health and safety – reflects on the educator’s role in the workplace, educator-to-child ratios and organisational structures, maintaining a safe and healthy workplace as well as teamwork and communication. • Maintaining children’s health, safety and wellbeing – addresses the importance of providing safe environments for children and strategies for maintaining children’s health and wellbeing. This includes awareness of child protection procedures for children at risk. • Supporting diversity – looks at inclusive practices that support diversity in children’s education and care environments as well as specific considerations in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. • Caring for infants, toddlers and children – an overview of providing nurturing care that meets the physical and emotional needs of children, nurturing settings, responsive communication with children and routine physical care. • Developing positive relationships with children – focuses on the importance of mutually respectful relationships with children and their families. • Supporting sustainability – looks at strategies for assisting children to connect with and respect their environment.