Information for Educators

Life Education is the largest independent health education provider in Australia, offering quality education to preschool, primary and secondary school aged children. Life Education believes that it is never too early to educate children about healthy lifestyles and wellbeing. Our vision is to have generations of healthy young Australians living to their full potential. Life Education is now proud to offer this new program featuring Healthy Harold, our lovable giraffe mascot, to preschool children around the nation.

Life Education’s preschool program will support children’s learning and development for a safe and healthy lifestyle through the opportunity to engage in play-based, experiential and interactive experiences to foster their health and wellbeing — building on their mental, physical and social foundations.

The 3 Modules: Being Safe, Becoming Healthy, and Belonging and Connecting are available in 2 flexible delivery formats. Choose between a cyclical basis of one module per year over 3 years, or your choice of preferred module that suits your program at the time of delivery.

Each session will run for 45-50 minutes, with flexibility according to your centre’s needs and number of children, as sessions are recommended for 15-25 children. There is always the option to run 2 or more sessions in 1 visit (e.g., 1 session for each age group). We cater to you!

This one-of-a-kind, innovative program embeds key components of all the Early Years Learning Framework Outcomes and Principles, incorporating the requirements of the National Quality Framework, and National Quality Standards.

Rationale behind delivery method and content for each module

“Play-based: a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds as they engage actively with people, objects and representations.”
(Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)

Children learn through play-based experiences and through active participation with adults and their peers. Through the modules offered, children will be engaged in hands on, interactive learning experiences related to safety, health and building relationships in their everyday lives. The structure of each module in the program offers a variety of engaging learning experiences, catering for the interests and learning styles of all children.

Examples of the engaging tools and methods we use:

  • Puppetry with Healthy Harold (Life Education’s giraffe mascot)
  • Storytelling
  • Activity Display Board
  • Animations/Big Book
  • Music & Movement
  • Interactive Play/Games
  • Questions & Discussions
  • Healthy Harold, Healthy Me game App

Life Education will provide you with Pre, Post and Take Home Activities as supporting resources, ensuring ongoing growth and education will be shared between educators, parents and students in both the classroom and home environment.

Overview of educational Benefit for Educators and Centres:

“Pedagogy: early childhood educators’ professional practice, especially those aspects that involve building and nurturing relationships, curriculum decision-making, teaching and learning.”
(Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)

Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Vygotsky’s Social Development Theory are evident throughout the modules, extending the learning of each student.

The Pre/Post Activities provided support educators in intentional teaching by providing them with deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful experiences.

Educators can assess learning through ethical questions and shared conversations, observing children as they engage in experiences in their ongoing play and social interactions.

Being Safe - Harold’s Summer Holiday

Rationale

This module encompasses the importance of road safety, sun safety, water safety and safety around medications through helping children to make informed choices and gain responsibility and knowledge about safety in their environments. Through this module, children will transfer knowledge from this learning experience into their home and everyday lives, strengthening positive decision-making skills and their sense of agency (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009).

Benefits for Educators

Educators and the module are supported through the session and through pre/post learning activities. Educators are empowered to continue exploring aspects of safety within the culture of their centre, assured in the knowledge that the module covers key areas of development and requirements of the EYLF, NQF and NQS. The pre/post activities supplied support educators in intentional teaching through providing them with deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful experiences.

Benefits for Students

The knowledge built upon in this session empowers children to transfer their learning into the home and other environments, ensuring that they develop a firm understanding of safety aspects in their everyday lives, for themselves and others.

Benefits for Parents

Children and their parents can build awareness of the safety in their own homes, learning together and sharing ideas. Through the session, children build upon their current knowledge, reinforcing the safety aspects covered in the session and applying it with their parents at home. In this way, parents are encouraged to co-learn about the importance of safety in the home.

Becoming Healthy - Harold’s Healthy Play Day

Rationale

This module encompasses the importance of reinforcing healthy lifestyle concepts that empower children to make healthy choices through everyday/real life experiences. With a focus on physical activity, healthy eating, hygiene and rest,the aim is to encourage children to link the learning to their own lives and cultures in a positive, self-confident manner, promoting lifelong learning and understanding about healthy lifestyle choices and for children to further develop their awareness and take responsibility for their own personal healthand hygiene.

Benefits for Educators

Educators are supported through the session and through pre/post learning activities. Educators are empowered to continue exploring aspects of healthy lifestyles within the culture of their centre, assured in the knowledge that the module covers key areas of development and requirements of the EYLF, NQF and NQS. The pre/post activities supplied support educators in intentional teaching through providing them with deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful experiences.

Benefits for Students

The knowledge built upon in this session empowers children to transfer their learning into the home and other environments, building on their independence and competence, ensuring that they develop a firm understanding of healthy lifestyle choices in their everyday lives. Students will gain insight into the importance of physical activity, hydration, healthy eating, hygiene and rest.

Benefits for Parents

Children and their parents can build awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyle choices in their own homes. Parents gain current information about the importance of healthy foods, hygiene, sleep and physical activity for children of this age. Through the session, children build upon their current knowledge, reinforcing the lifestyle decisions covered in the session and applying it with their parents at home. In this way, parents are encouraged to co-learn alongside their child. 

Belonging & Connecting - Harold’s Thankful Heart

Children’s early learning influences their life chances. Wellbeing and a strong sense of connection, optimism and engagement enable children to develop a positive attitude to learning.
(Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)

Rationale

This module explores emotions and gratitude felt by young children. The aim is to empower children to explore feelings, learning to name and describe them appropriately, and to build on their emotional intelligence.

Concepts of gratitude and thankfulness are explored through acknowledging and accepting others and showing gratitude to each other through empathy and respect, fostering strong and positive relationships.

Benefits for Educators

Educators are supported through the session and through pre/post learning activities. Educators are empowered to continue exploring aspects of emotional intelligence, fostering positive relationships within the culture of their centre, assured in the knowledge that the module covers key areas of development and requirements of the EYLF, NQF and NQS. The pre/post activities supplied support educators in intentional teaching through providing them with deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful experiences.

Benefits for Students

The knowledge built upon in this session empowers children to have an awareness of their emotions and those of others. Through gaining new vocabulary and learning how to communicate their feelings, children will extend on their interpersonal and intrapersonal wellbeing whilst building positive connections with others, they also enhance their sense of belonging. Their ability to self-regulate and handle real life situations develops. Throughout the session and in pre/post and take home activities, children will practice the language and skills necessary for building positive life skills.

Benefits for Parents

Through the child’s participation in the session, they will transfer their learning into the home. By sharing concepts learned in the session, all family members are encouraged to communicate and acknowledge each other, strengthening the family unit. Children become more familiar with their emotions and their ability to self-regulate, increasing family harmony.

“All learning has an emotional base” — Plato