Quality Area 2 – Children's health and safety

The aim of Quality Area 2 under the National Quality Standard is to safeguard and promote children’s health and safety, minimise risks and protect children from harm, injury and infection.

All children have the right to experience quality education and care in an environment that provides for their physical and psychological wellbeing and provides support for each child’s growing competence, confidence and independence.

Children’s health and safety

Standard 2.1 Health Each child’s health is promoted.
Element 2.1.1 Wellbeing and comfort Each child’s wellbeing and comfort is provided for, including appropriate opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation.
Element 2.1.2 Health practices and procedures Effective illness and injury management and hygiene practices are promoted and implemented.
Element 2.1.3 Healthy lifestyle Healthy eating and physical activity are promoted and appropriate for each child.
Standard 2.2 Safety Each child is protected.
Element 2.2.1 Supervision At all times, reasonable precautions and adequate supervision ensure children are protected from harm and hazard
Element 2.2.2 Incident and emergency management Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practised and implemented
Element 2.2.3 Child protection Management, educators and staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities to identify and respond to every child at risk of abuse or neglect.

Quality Area 2 resources:


ACECQA information sheet: Quality Area 2 –Toileting and nappy changing principles and practice

ACECQA We hear you blog: Health and wellbeing

Healthy Eating – Getting Started

Healthy Eating Advisory Service - Victorian menu planning guidelines for early childhood

Healthy eating in the National Quality Standard - A guide for education and care services

FoodChecker: free online menu planning tool for long day care

Staying Healthy in Child Care: Preventing infectious diseases in child care

SunSmart schools and early childhood programs

Sleep resources

SNAC: Healthy eating resources

Executive function – brains

Executive function - skills for life and learning

How brains are built: the core story of brain development

Asthma management

Guide to physical health and wellbeing

Connections: a resource for early childhood educators about children's wellbeing

Get up and grow: healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood

Promoting healthy eating and nutrition in education and care services

Connecting with practice - routines around lunch 

ACECQA We hear you blog: Establishing healthy lifestyle habits

Good habits for life: Fundamental movement skills

Yulunga: traditional indigenous games


ACECQA Information sheet: Quality Area 2 - Active supervision: Ensuring safety and promoting learning

Health, safety and wellbeing

Child protection legislation

Supporting children's mental health

National framework for protecting Australia's children 2009-2020

National child protection week

Child protection in Australia