Subject details

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

At the completion of this subject 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%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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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