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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Ms Rosemary Bennett (Berwick, Peninsula); Dr Jane Bone (City)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)

City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


  • Term 4 2016 (Online)


This unit develops students' understanding of how early childhood education can help to develop health and physical wellbeing in the young child with reference to the expectations in relevant curriculum and policy documents. Wellbeing is discussed in terms of holistic approaches to health with children, their families and communities with particular emphasis on diversity and inclusion. There are emphases on physical wellbeing with attention paid to movement, the body, diet and nutrition, outdoor activity and risk taking, as well as children's socio-emotional wellbeing. Local and international perspectives on health and wellbeing are explored and how different cultural values disrupt the idea that there is a universal standard for health and physical wellbeing. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) document underpins the learning in this unit. Students learn how they can develop and apply strategies to ensure the rights of children to a healthy and active lifestyle can be achieved.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. learn and apply research, policies, practices and strategies to support all children and their families to be healthy and active
  2. demonstrate familiarity with community groups and amenities that promote health and physical wellbeing
  3. support a holistic and rights based approach to health and wellbeing based on the UNCRC document
  4. apply approaches to health and wellbeing promotion for children, their families and community with explicit emphasis on diversity and inclusion.


Report on community health resource: analysis of the work of a community organisation focused on health and wellbeing in the young child (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Critical essay on how health and socio-emotional and physical wellbeing can be developed in the young child (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:

  • two intensive weekend blocks
  • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term

(c.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
  • at least 4 hours of online study per term

(d.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study