Course Title: Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Josephine Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7861

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores pedagogical practices in relation to the overall health and wellbeing of children birth to 8 years. You will critically examine principles, practices and issues of children’s overall health and wellbeing. You will investigate how society and cultural influences impact on health and wellbeing of children and adults in early childhood settings. Well-being has become a measure of quality in many states and this work is based on the studies of Ferre Laevers. You will examine strategies that promote children’s social and emotional well-being. You will also develop and implement strategies to maintain high quality health, safety and nutritional standards in children’s services. Health and well-being practices in early childhood will involve formal, informal strategies, policy development and liaison with other agencies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• identify and critically evaluate a range of perspectives on health and wellbeing
• design health and safety routines in early childhood settings according to appropriate laws and regulations
• reflect on the implications of child emotional health issues in early childhood educational and care settings
• assess settings to evaluate children’s level of involvement and satisfaction

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

• Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
• Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: