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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

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Ms Rosemary Bennett



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit students critically examine principles, practices and issues of health and wellbeing. They explore how society and culture influence community practices, legal and quality assurance requirements relating to the health and wellbeing of children and adults in early childhood settings. The unit prepares students with strategies to maintain high quality health, safety and nutritional standards in children's services and to balance work and life commitments through emotional, physical, social and spiritual self-care.


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

  1. understand the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles for staff and children
  2. appreciate a range of perspectives on health and wellbeing
  3. manage health and safety routines in early childhood settings according to appropriate laws and regulations
  4. reflect on the implications of child health and safety issues in early childhood educational and care settings
  5. apply strategies to manage their own wellbeing.


Essay (2000 words, 50%)
Tutorial presentation and/or diagrammatic map (2000 words or equivalent, 50% )

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 24 hours per semester

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

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

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

See also Unit timetable information

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