Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood - 2018

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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 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (50%) , Assignment 2 - Matrix (50%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

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.

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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.

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.

1Planning for Children's Health, Safety & physical education; Relevant Curriculum Documents; National Quality Standard: Quality Area 2
2Early Years Learning Framework
3Helping Children Stay Healthy and Happy. Maintaining strong mental health and well-being: resources for teachers and families
4Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle; Parents as partners in children's health and well being; Personal and social skill development
5Factors Affecting Children's Health; Including parents and families in children's health and well being
6Factors Affecting Children's Health; Adapting learning programs for children with special needs, a multi-disciplinary approach to health
7Food and Nutrition; Healthy eating. A school approach to healthy eating including children in decision making about food
8Food and Nutrition; Food promotion
9Safety Management and Duty of Care; Self-protective behaviours
10Child safety; Abuse and Early Motor Skills Neglect, Mandatory reporting requirements, Professional learning for mandatory reporting
11Introduction: Motor Skills, Child development review: physical skills, Overview: Fine and Gross motor skill development: birth- 8 years
12Fundamental Motor Skills; assessment, planning to teach fine motor skills, Early intervention for fine motor skills
13Gross Motor Skills: assessment, planning to teach gross motor skills, Design of Obstacle Courses, Circuits & Games
14Body Management & Awareness
15Planning for Children's Health, Safety & physical education
16Creating Quality Environments 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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