Healthy children learn better
Our environments influence our behaviour. By embedding health and wellbeing in early childhood service culture, we’re giving our children a great start to their learning and helping them develop to their full potential.
Instilling healthy habits in children during their formative years not only boosts their health and learning potential, it sets them up for a lifetime of good health.
A health promoting services approach is broader than implementing some health and wellbeing activities – although these are important. It involves integrating health into planning and policies, creating a healthy culture and environment, and involving the whole service – children, staff, educators and families in the process. Forging partnerships with the local community is also important.
Through the Achievement Program, health and wellbeing becomes embedded in your culture – a part of everyday service life.
The Achievement Program
The Achievement Program provides simple, evidence-based framework to create a healthy learning environment and support the health and wellbeing of everyone in your service. Give children the best possible start to their learning and development and boost staff productivity – at any age, healthy people perform better.
Developed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training, the initiative aligns closely with the National Quality Standard, the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. So, implementing the Achievement Program is a great way to strengthen your practice against national and state guidelines.
Even if you’re already doing great things to promote health and wellbeing at your service, the Achievement Program helps you build on this, and achieve recognition from the Victorian Government as a Healthy Early Childhood Service.
The Achievement Program is based on the World Health Organization’s model for health promoting schools, an internationally recognised best practice approach for enhancing health, learning and development outcomes.
Quick start guide
The Achievement Program quick start guide (1MB) provides a quick and easy summary of what is required at each stage of the Achievement Program – Coordinate, Create and Celebrate. It’s useful for explaining what’s involved and is more than just an introduction to the Achievement Program. It also directs your service to more detailed information and tools, so you can use it from registration to recognition.
The Achievement Program was developed to be complementary to the NQS. Click here to download a document hat explains exactly how the two align. All seven Quality Areas are supported by the Achievement Program. The benchmarks encourage a range of actions from creating community partnerships to incorporating health and wellbeing into Quality Improvement Plans.
Healthy Children Learn Better
A healthy environment helps children learn, play and reach their full potential. The Achievement Program gives early childhood education services a framework, tools and resources to create a healthy environment. Watch the video above to find out more.
Intensive Assistance Program
Healthy Together Mildura are committed to continuing to support our local Schools and Early Years Services to implement the Healthy Together Achievement Program, and are offering 5 Primary Schools, 5 Secondary Schools and 5 Early Years Services intensive assistance to jump start their progress through the Healthy Together Achievement Program framework.
For more information click on the links below:
Early Years Services
Captain Carrot and the Crusaders
3 Early Childcare Centres are piloting the new ‘Captain Carrot and the Crusaders’ health resource. (De Garis Kindergarten, Ouyen Kindergarten and MRCC Family Day Care)
You may recognise the feature character as one of the vegetables from Healthy Together Mildura’s ‘Go One Better’ campaign, which encouraged families to eat one more serve of vegetables every day. Captain Carrot and the Crusaders build on that campaign with a dedicated focus on early childhood services.
Click here for ‘Captain Carrot and the Crusaders’ pilot resources – for use by participating centres only at this stage.
Health Promoting Early Childhood Services
Early Childhood Service providers are a powerful force in children’s lives and can help them learn habits that prevent childhood obesity and can keep them healthy for life. We are pleased to announce that 100% of local Early Childhood Centres have made the commitment to creating healthy environments for our children to learn and play, by signing up to the Achievement Program.
Below is the list of local Early Childhood Service registered with the Achievement Program, which Health Priority Area Benchmarks they have achieved and some initiatives they have recently or are undertaking including Smiles 4 Miles and 10,000 Steps Challenge.
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