This unit of study explores the health and wellbeing of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in early childhood education settings. Legislative requirements, socio-cultural and poststructuralist theories, current research, and the positioning of early childhood teachers as autonomous and ethical professionals will be used to critically consider issues such as immunisation, the provision of 'safe' early learning environments, nutrition, child protection and infection control. Consideration will be given to ensuring children's health and wellbeing in ways that promote the rights, needs and best interests of young children and their families. Upholding duty of care in the context of 'risk society' and families' diverse values, beliefs and cultural practices will also be critically explored.
1x1-hr lecture and 1x2-hr tutorial for 12 weeks
2000wd professional development journal (30%) group work presentation and 1000wd report (20%) 2000wd open book test (40%) and readings-based in-class contributions (10%).