Quality Area 2 – Children's health and safety

Introduction

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 and physical activity is supported and 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.

Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources: Which way / Deadly nutrition – Metro South Health, Queensland Government
Asthma management – Early Childhood Australia
Eat a Rainbow – Department for Health and Ageing, Government of South Australia
Eat Well Tasmania
ECRH Newsletter: Food – Commonwealth of Australia
Executive function – brains – Alberta Family Wellness
Executive function: Skills for life and learning – Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
feedAustralia – Australian Government Department of Health
FoodChecker: Free online menu planning tool for long day care – Healthy Eating Advisory Service
Fundamental movement skills – ACT Health Directorate
Get Up & Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood – Cooking for children book – Australian Government Department of Health
Get Up & Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood – Directors/coordinators book – Australian Government Department of Health
Get Up & Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood – Family book – Australian Government Department of Health
Get Up & Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood – Staff/carers book – Australian Government Department of Health
Guide to physical health and wellbeing – Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care
Healthy Eating – Getting Started – Healthy Eating Advisory Service
Healthy eating in the National Quality Standard: A guide for education and care services – Healthy Eating Advisory Service
Healthy eating resources – SNAC
Healthy Jarjums resources – Inala Indigenous Health Service, Queensland Government
How brains are built: The core story of brain development – Alberta Family Wellness
Information sheet: Quality Area 2 – Toileting and nappy changing principles and practice – ACECQA
Munch & Move: Publications – Healthy Kids
Munch & Move: Resources – Healthy Kids
Staying Healthy in Child Care: Preventing infectious diseases in child care – NHMRC
SLEEP: Sleep learning for early education professionals – Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care
SunSmart schools and early childhood programs – SunSmart
Victorian menu planning guidelines for early childhood – Healthy Eating Advisory Service
We Hear You blog: Establishing healthy lifestyle habits – ACECQA
We Hear You blog: Health and wellbeing – ACECQA
Yulunga: Traditional indigenous games – Australian Sports Commission

Safety

A guide for creating a child safe organisation – Commission for Children and Young People
Back care in early childhood settings – Gowrie Professional Support Coordinator
Birdie’s tree: Growing together through natural disasters – Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Bushfire education: Early years – VCAA
Challenges for young children during the pandemic – Early Childhood Australia
Children's commissioners and guardians – Australian Institute of Family Studies
Child development and trauma guide – Department of Communities, Western Australia
Child protection in Australia – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Child protection legislation – Australian Institute of Family Studies
Child safe organisations – Australian Human Rights Commission
Child Safe Organisations: Child safety and wellbeing links and resources – Australian Human Rights Commission
Child Safe Organisations: Guide for parents and carers – Australian Human Rights Commission
Child Safe Organisations: Practical tools for implementing the National Principles – Australian Human Rights Commission
Child Safe Organisations: Training resources – Australian Human Rights Commission
Children as bushfire educators – NCSS International Assembly
Children’s books about bushfire – NSW Rural Fire Service Library
Community factsheets: Bushfires – Vic Health, Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria
Community trauma toolkit – Emerging Minds
ECRH Newsletter: Surviving in at time of uncertainty – Commonwealth of Australia
ECRH Newsletter: Trauma-informed practice – Commonwealth of Australia
Exploring the world – AITSL
Fire: Are you ready? – Early Childhood Australia
Good teaching: Trauma informed practice – Department of Education, Tasmania
How parents can help kids feel safe during bushfires – Parent TV
How to create a learning environment – Early Childhood Australia
Information sheet: Quality Area 2 – Active supervision: Ensuring safety and promoting learning – ACECQA
Keeping children safe – Australian Childhood Foundation
Kids and Traffic: Resources – NSW Government
Literature review: A trauma-sensitive approach for children aged 0-8 years – Women’s Health Goulburn North East
Managing emergency situations in education and care services – Children’s Services Central
National Child Protection Week – NAPCAN 
National framework for protecting Australia's children 2009–2020 – Australian Department of Social Services
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations – Australian Human Rights Commission
Online safety – Australian Institute of Family Studies
Privacy and your child – eSafety Commissioner
Resources for teachers – Australian Red Cross
Resources for teachers: School recovery toolkit – Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network
Risk assessment and risk management in family day care – Lady Gowrie Tasmania
Safe sleep and rest practices – ACECQA
Smart Steps: Making safer choices – Taking smarter steps program – SDERA
Talking to children about bushfires – Better Health
Teacher resources: pre-school age children (bushfire support) – ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
Trauma: supporting your child in the days and weeks after – Raising Children
Viral talk with children – Early Childhood Australia
Who knows what about me? – Children’s Commissioner for England
Work health and safety in education and care services – Child Australia