Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (50%) , Assignment 2 - Matrix (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit investigates health, and wellbeing factors related to the development and care of young children (birth - 6 years). This includes examining social and emotional, linguistic, and cognitive development of children from birth to 8 years. Mandatory health, safety and child protection policies are examined together with appropriate strategies that educators in early childhood settings can effectively implement to enhance the outcomes for young children. These strategies will not only help maintain a healthy early childhood environment, but will also improve outcomes for the whole community within an early childhood educational context. The unit also explores the characteristics of children's physical development and motor coordination and how educators can provide children with quality fundamental movement experiences.

This unit can be completed as an Elective for Bachelor of Education (Primary Education).

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental movement skills in children from birth to 8 years old
  2. design an integrated physical education program for young children
  3. critique documents and policies that influence and support the development of high quality health, social and emotional, linguistic, nutritional, cognitive and physical education programs in early childhood environments
  4. identify the principles underpinning child protection based on a sound pedagogical framework
  5. evaluate children’s needs and abilities related to health and physical education.
  • Assignment 1 — Report (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Matrix (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDE105 Health, Child Protection and Physical Education (Birth-8 years) as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Early motor skills; assessing and monitoring children's social and emotional and physical development: Australian Curriculum; EYLF
2Fundamental movement skills
3Physical Education teaching strategies: Obstacle courses, play, circuits and games
4Body management and awareness: the role of risk taking in physical development, assessing and supporting all learners
5Strategies for helping children to feel safe, secure and supported in health and physical education
6Food and nutrition
7Creating supportive environments to create strong social and emotional well being.
8Promoting a healthy lifestyle: increasing children's responsibility for their health and physical well-being.
9Conditions affecting children's health and well-being: planning to support children with diverse needs.
10Safety management; classroom routines to support healthy habits; NQS
11Assessing, documenting and reporting health and physical development
12Creating quality environments for physical development and duty of care

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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