EC512 : The Wellbeing of the Child

This course highlights the importance of promoting and supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of infants, toddlers and young children in an early childhood environment in New Zealand and beyond. It introduces you to the concept of optimal early childhood education learning environments through the identification of potential hazards and high-risk circumstances. The course discusses health and wellbeing from a holistic perspective and gives an overview of different aspects of wellbeing through illustrating their interconnectedness. Through the content of this course, you become familiar with relevant New Zealand legislation and international core documents that support the health, safety and wellbeing of children. The teacher’s role in supporting these important aspects is highlighted throughout the course and effective practices that support and promote health and wellbeing in an early childhood setting are discussed.