Health and Wellness in Early Childhood (EDEC1002)


This unit prepares students to plan and operate healthy and safe early childhood education and care environments. Through workshops, readings and practical activities, theoretical underpinnings and applied knowledge about promoting the health of infants, toddlers and young children in early childhood settings are developed. The unit focuses on understanding the health needs of children, factors that promote good health, maintaining health records, planning for the nutritional needs of young children, dealing with health related emergencies in the early childhood setting, and supervising play activities for optimum safety. It also outlines ways of guiding young children's understandings of essential lifelong issues relating to health, safety, nutrition, and wellness, as well as working with families to assist in this process. Students will be encouraged to examine their own health and wellness behaviours and experiences, conceptions, and knowledge as a means to better understand the emerging health, safety, nutrition, and wellness conceptions of young children. Statutory documentation (for example, National Quality Framework, NSW Food Authority, and other mandatory child care/early education regulations) will be examined to help understand the importance of promoting health and safety, nutrition and appropriate food handling techniques. Students will learn about infectious diseases and minimising the possibility of infection, food allergies and chronic conditions which may impact the lives of children and families in early childhood settings.

Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk, 1x2-hr tutorial/workshop/wk, for 12 weeks


2000wd portfolio (30%) and tutorial presentation and 1500wd report (30%) and 2000wd essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.