Health and Well-being in Early Childhood
Familiarise yourself with Australian regulations designed to protect children and ensure their optimal wellbeing. Study human syndromes and atypical development, then learn how to promote positive health practices for children and families.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Increase their knowledge and understanding of current health policies and regulations in early childhood services
- Develop skills in accessing, evaluating and using information gained from diverse sources in competent practical ways
- Promote positive health practices for young children in the family and in early childhood services
- Evaluate early childhood programs in the context of preventative health and child well-being and optimise environments for young children
- Develop awareness of current medical and scientific research affecting children and families
- Analyse factors involved in various controversies and debates
- Examine diversity of opinion and reasons underlying this diversity.
- Introduction to the unit
- Overview of public health debates, breastfeeding
- Childhood illnesses
- Nutrition, physical activity and associated issues (e.g. obesity)
- Preventative Issues 1 (e.g. immunisation)
- Preventative Issues 2 (e.g., sun safety, water safety)
- Road traffic safety
- Hygiene - infection control
- Mental health
- Reflecting on learning
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Admission to Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)
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Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as ECHX601 Health and Well-being in Early Childhood.
This subject aims to cover many of the health issues that face children and families in both early childhood settings and at home. Early childhood professionals have an added duty of care that necessitates a comprehensive knowledge of likely and unlikely medical events in children's lives. It is also essential that these professionals are familiar with Australian regulations designed to protect children and ensure their optimal wellbeing. With technology and medical knowledge increasing at an exponential rate, it is important to develop a critical awareness of controversies and differences of opinion concerning practices. An awareness of others' beliefs and levels of understanding is necessary. Debate is encouraged regarding health and medical choices and practices.
- Synopsis (15%)
- Essay (1500 words) (40%)
- Information Reource (25%)
- Online quiz/examination (20%)