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:

Health

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

Safety

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
Safe sleep and rest practices