EEB309 Wellness and Wellbeing (8)

This subject explores the concept of wellness and wellbeing for staff and children in early childhood settings. A health model of wellness and wellbeing is used to provide a framework for exploring the social, mental, physical, environmental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life for adults and children. Initially in each of the areas, a broad social view is taken, then consideration is given to adult perspectives, and then the relevance for children is explored.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Northern Sydney Institute
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEB309. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) or as approved by the respective Course Coordinator or Course Director. Not available to students who have completed EEB306 Wellness and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Contexts.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the concepts of wellness and wellbeing from a health model and how this pertains to the early childhood context;
  • recognise the impact that wellness and wellbeing has on the continuing development of the individual (adult and child);
  • analyse the social and media aspects related to health issues;
  • reflect on the social value placed on wellness and wellbeing and how this influences educators' perspectives on teaching practice in early childhood settings;
  • consider theoretical and practical means for fostering the wellness and wellbeing of children, staff and families in early childhood settings;
  • evaluate how well early childhood services provide for the wellness and wellbeing of children, staff and families;
  • explain the value of providing for the wellness and wellbeing of those involved in early childhood settings;
  • recognise and understand the role of leaders and advocates in the early childhood profession in ensuring conditions in early childhood settings support the wellness and wellbeing of children, families and staff;
  • devise useable ideas and experiences that are able to be implemented in early childhood settings to provide for the wellness and wellbeing of the people there; and
  • recognise the relationship that overall wellbeing has to social competence and the role that early childhood professionals have in fostering this.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Analysis of the concept of wellness and wellbeing for adults and children within a social context, brain development and the role of adult-child relationships and environmental stress.
  • Physical and environmental wellness and wellbeing: catering for wellness via nutrition, health/fitness and hygiene, design of positive environments for adults and children and how this influences wellness and wellbeing.
  • Social and emotional wellness and wellbeing; attachment relationships, security, sense of belonging, connectedness; developing social competence, resilience and tolerance in young children.
  • Social and emotional wellness and wellbeing: looking at issues of image, self esteem, personal interests and pursuits; active and passive creativity; contentment/fulfilment, happiness and enjoyment in life.
  • Mental and spiritual wellness and wellbeing.
  • Stress in early childhood settings.
  • Creating a balance for early childhood staff and children using personal development, health, physical education, art, music, movement and drama in early childhood settings.
  • The role of the early childhood professional in supporting the wellness and wellbeing of children, families and staff.

Special Resources

Students require a laptop computer and/or appropriate mobile device.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.