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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Unit aim

Develops an understanding of many of the health and the environmental issues that face children, staff and families in both early childhood settings and at home that influence wellbeing.

Unit content

Maintaining the health and wellbeing of children, staff and families within the early childhood sector is paramount. This unit aims to develop understanding of wellbeing as it relates to health and the environmental issues that face children, staff and families in both early childhood settings and in the home. Early childhood professionals have a duty of care to the children in early childhood settings and require comprehensive knowledge and management of medical dilemmas in children's, staff and families' lives. They also need to be familiar with Australian regulations to support optimal wellbeing for children, staff and families. Early childhood educators need to have strategies to support children's wellbeing who have been exposed to trauma in their environment. Developing a critical awareness of controversies and differences of opinion concerning practices that affect health and wellbeing in the environment is necessary. The power of the environment in health and wellbeing will be discussed and considered.
 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Identify and analyse the impact of health and the environment upon wellbeing
2 Deconstruct and evaluate health issues in children's, staff and families' lives to support optimal wellbeing
3 Analyse environments that cause trauma, and implement strategies that support children who have been exposed to trauma.
4 Develop critical awareness of controversies and differences of opinion regarding health and wellbeing for children, and develop skills to clearly communicate with children, colleagues and families about these issues
5 Critically review the influence of the environment upon health and wellbeing

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and analyse the impact of health and the environment upon wellbeing
  2. Deconstruct and evaluate health issues in children's, staff and families' lives to support optimal wellbeing
  3. Analyse environments that cause trauma, and implement strategies that support children who have been exposed to trauma.
  4. Develop critical awareness of controversies and differences of opinion regarding health and wellbeing for children, and develop skills to clearly communicate with children, colleagues and families about these issues
  5. Critically review the influence of the environment upon health and wellbeing