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ECP712 - Social, Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Llewellyn Wishart





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Practical and 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit explores the theories and related issues in the promotion of well-being through health, movement and physical education in early childhood and primary education. The unit will provide an overview of the theories of development in the early years, with an emphasis on health and well-being issues at this stage of the life span. The unit is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to critically examine theory, practice and relevant curriculum and regulatory frameworks and apply these to programs that enhance the social, physical and emotional health and well-being of children in the early years. For early childhood education students this also includes an emphasis upon the principles and practices of inclusive education and early intervention. In evaluating and designing programs students will critically explore the context for learning in early childhood and primary health education, including an examination of the roles of the learner, family, community and teacher.


Task 1 40% Evaluation Report

Students will critically evaluate examples of health and wellness programs in early childhood settings, schools and/or the wider community. Through comparison and contrast of two existing programs (one local and one international) students will critically analyse and review the rationale, structure, philosophy and pedagogical approaches to teaching health and wellness taking into account the broader sociocultural, health and policy context from which the programs arise.

Task 2 60% Resource Development Project

Students will be required to design for a selected target group a resource, project or program plan, for an early childhood or primary school setting related to children’s social, physical, emotional health and wellbeing. For example this could be a project, unit of work, website, wiki, or program plan.

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