The early years learning framework for Australia
Belonging, being and becoming
Wellbeing incorporates both physical and psychological aspects and is central to belonging, being and becoming.
Wellbeing includes good physical health, feelings of happiness, satisfaction and successful social functioning.
Children’s developing resilience and their ability to take increasing responsibility for self-help and basic health routines promote a sense of independence and confidence.
Learning about healthy lifestyles, including nutrition, personal hygiene, physical fitness, emotions and social relationships is integral to wellbeing and self-confidence.
As children become more independent they can take greater responsibility for their health, hygiene and personal care and become mindful of their own and others’ safety.
Routines provide opportunities for children to learn about health and safety. Good nutrition is essential to healthy living and enables children to be active participants in play.
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
- Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and wellbeing
Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and wellbeing
This is evident when children:
- Show an increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition
- Show increasing independence and competence in personal hygiene, care and
- Safety for themselves and others
Educators promote this learning when they:
- Actively support children to learn hygiene practices
- Promote continuity of children’s personal health and hygiene by sharing ownership of routines and schedules with children, families and the community
- Discuss health and safety issues with children and involve them in developing guidelines to keep the environment safe for all
- Engage children in experiences, conversations and routines that promote healthy lifestyles and good nutrition
- Model and reinforce health, nutrition and personal hygiene practices with children.
Read more at: National – The Early Years Framework for Australia