The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with an understanding of issues which are important for the health and well-being of young children both within and outside Early Childhood 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 to contemporary health issues for young Australian children.

This course is NOT recommended as an elective for students who have completed the PUBH2030 course.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the current health status of young children in Australia and health issues which have 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 and content;

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

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

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

6. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of planning and implementation of an effective physical education lesson 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;
  • Health status of young Australian children;
  • Childhood infections, hygiene, infection control, immunisation and safe food handling;
  • Childhood injuries and injury prevention at home and in the early childhood setting;
  • Mental health and wellbeing, resilience and connectedness;
  • Nutrition, physical activity and childhood obesity;
  • Sexuality and child protection issues;
  • Road safety;
  • Health Promoting School model;
  • Relevant DET 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 Health & Physical Education subject many, including mature-age students, will not have. Thus we have taken the Year 10 PDHPE syllabus level of knowledge to be the starting the 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

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Written Assignment: Lesson Plan/Peer Teach (PE Strand)

Report: Reports