Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of issues which are important for the health and well-being of children both within and outside of the Early Childhood and Primary School education settings. It provides a foundation and context for future studies in Early Stage 1/ Stage 1 of the NSW K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) key learning area. This course links the Early Learning Years Framework and the Primary PDHPE syllabus for the new Australian curriculum to contemporary health issues for Australian children.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the current health status of children aged 0-12 years in Australia and identify health issues which have the greatest impact on children in early childhood;

2. Describe current models of health and health promotion, which underpin the key learning area of PDHPE, including the health promoting school concept;

3. Identify and describe relevant teaching strategies and resources for teaching health and personal development in the early childhood and primary school setting;

4. Independently gather relevant information regarding the health of children using basic research skills and communicate this information effectively using disciplinary conventions;

5. Provide a rationale for the importance of play, movement and physical education in early childhood;

6. Identify stages of perceptual motor development in early childhood;

7. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of planning and implementation of an effective physical education session that is age appropriate.


  • Importance of physical activity, play and physical education in the developing child;
  • Stages of perceptual motor development in early childhood;
  • Movement education for children, that includes fundamental movement skills in early childhood;
  • Health and safety issues for play involving children and adults;
  • Concept of health and the health status of Australian children;
  • Childhood infections, hygiene, infection control, immunisation;
  • Mental health and wellbeing;
  • Nutrition, physical activity and childhood obesity;
  • Sexuality and child protection issues;
  • Road safety;
  • Health Promoting School model;
  • Relevant DET/DOE Syllabus documents.

Assumed knowledge

Students come to this course with a variety of academic and life experiences. While some students will have studied the HSC 2 Unit Personal Development and Physical Education course many, including mature-age students, will not have. Thus we have taken the Year 10 PDHPE syllabus level of knowledge to be the starting point for this course. We respect and value the different experiences that mature-age students bring to the course and do not feel they are disadvantaged by this decision.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Session plan (PE Strand)

Presentation: Peer Teach (PE Strand)

Report: Public Health Report (PDH Strand)

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity (PDH Strand)

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.