EDU40001 The Healthy and Active Child

Unit code: EDU40001

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

In this unit, students examine a range of topics related to children’s health, nutrition and safety from birth to eight years, and their implications for children, families and communities. Students will apply this knowledge to their roles as teachers in a range of settings.


  • Common childhood illnesses – symptoms and treatment
  • Children’s growth
  • Childhood nutrition
  • First aid
  • Safety issues in educational settings – policies, procedures and legal requirements
  • Supervision for safety
  • Emergency procedures in educational settings
  • Hygiene
  • The role of physically active play for health and wellbeing
  • Challenging and creative educational environments
  • Nature and outside play environments
  • Physical education
  • Teaching children about health, safety and nutrition
  • Contemporary health issues
  • Natural play spaces and connections with nature
  • Risk aversion and benefit assessment
  • Sharing information about children's health with children, families and communities
  • Stress and the impacts of cortisol on children’s growth and development

This unit is found in Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).