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Healthy bodies healthy minds

In early childhood environments, healthy bodies and healthy minds are achieved by staff, families and children working together to improve health.

Queensland Healths Healthy bodies healthy minds resource is invaluable for everyone working within early childhood environments:

  • provides the latest evidence-based information that can be shared with staff and families
  • features practical health promotion processes that really work
  • supports National Childcare Accreditation Council, Quality Improvement Accreditation System principles
  • focuses on the three inter-related components of the childcare environment, which aligns with the health promoting schools framework.

Healthy bodies healthy minds contains a step-by-step guide with easily understood forms, check lists, visioning scripts, action plans and diagrams to help your early childhood service:

  • respond to health needs identified in your service in a consistent and ongoing way
  • engage with families and community organisations
  • realise better long-term health for staff, children and families
  • meet current accreditation / quality assurance principles in a coordinated way
  • maintain continuity with traditional early childhood education principles through a holistic view of childrens and adults health
  • World Health Organizations health promoting schools approach used in many schools around Australia and throughout the world.

Your early childhood service can address health issues through:

Curriculum, teaching and learningImage for the Healthy bodies healthy minds document

  • age-appropriate activities for children
  • training for staff
  • information and workshops for families.

Organisation, ethos and environment

  • safe, stimulating and fun places to be
  • caring respectful relationships
  • open communication
  • management practices, decision-making processes, procedures and policies.

Partnerships and service providers

  • between the early childhood service, organisations and the wider community
  • acknowledge that families play a central role.

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In the second edition of Healthy bodies healthy minds, 18 fact sheets have gathered the latest evidence-based practice in a format you can easily reproduce and share with staff and families:

  • attachment
  • inclusive environments
  • brain development
  • oral health
  • behaviour guidance
  • partnerships with families
  • communication
  • physical activity
  • food and nutrition
  • safety food safety
  • social and emotional development
  • head lice
  • staff well-being
  • hygienesun safety
  • immunisation
  • team building

Other features of the Healthy bodies healthy mind tool kit, second edition:

  • 10 case studies of how early childhood services have introduced the Healthy bodies healthy minds process
  • references to other useful and practical Queensland Health early childhood resources such asHappy teeth.
  • references to relevant legislation for early childhood services
  • comprehensive lists of leading web sites, books, DVDs, videos and other resources.

To locate your nearest Public Health Service directly.

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Last updated: 9 June 2010

Healthy bodies healthy minds, 2nd edition 2008