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Physical and mental health for young children
Physical and mental health for young children

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5 The role of adults

As adults, we may have more control over our lifestyles and the choices we make about health. However, for babies and children, it’s not so easy for them to make healthy choices. Therefore, it is the responsibility of adults to know what to do to ensure that children are given the best possible chance of developing good health. To conclude Session 1, consider some of the ways to achieve this goal.

Activity 4 Reflection

Timing: 15 minutes
  • What aspects of this session’s learning did you find most and least helpful? Why?
  • What do you consider to be your three main learning points from the session?
  • What further reading or research might you like to do before the next session?
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It is the responsibility of adults to provide an environment in which children’s health can thrive. Adults can ensure that they provide interventions that can promote good health, whether this is at home or in an education setting.

It’s important to be aware that not every child is born into a family that is equipped to offer the best start for long term health to their children, as educators, you can learn how to try to compensate. We can equip ourselves with knowledge relating to health and develop an understanding of the factors that influence children’s health and work with families in supportive and non-judgemental ways. Children deserve no less.

Session 2 explores some of the history of child’s health, the intention being to help us understand some of the contemporary issues relating to children’s health.