Bella is a four year old girl and is the youngest of four children. There is a two-year age difference between each of the children. The family lives in government housing in an inner Sydney suburb. The house is a moderate sized three-bedroom house. Bella shares a bedroom with her 12-year old sister, and her two brothers share another bedroom. They have a small backyard and their house is situated on a busy road. Bella’s mother, Sarah, does not feel comfortable taking the children to the local park as it is often defaced with graffiti or vandalised.
Bella’s father is a nurse at the local hospital. He often works extra shifts each week for a nursing agency to earn extra income so that they can buy their own home. Bella’s mother, Sarah, has been a stay-at-home mother while the children have been growing up. Sarah has recently enrolled in a TAFE course to begin a qualification in aged care and attends three days a week. Bella attends a long day care service three times a week while Sarah is at TAFE.
Bella finds it difficult to get up from the floor after group time. During outdoor play Bella finds it difficult to run and gets breathless quickly. Bella’s teacher told her mother, Sarah, that Bella prefers to sit on the bench and watch the other children play rather than join in with the play. After a short time of attending day care Bella started crying on the mornings she was to attend day care and refuse to get dressed. Bella told Sarah that other children in the long day care centre had begun to call her names and make negative comments about her weight.
The staff are becoming increasingly concerned about Bella’s weight and the effect it is having on her general health. Bella normally has a packed lunch from home consisting of sweet biscuits, chocolate, and crisps. At morning tea time, the long day care provides the children fresh fruit and vegetables, but Bella will not normally choose to eat anything. At drop off time, Bella’s mother, Sarah, has told the staff that Bella loves to eat sugary cereals in the morning, especially those that come in the brightly coloured boxes she sees on TV. Drop off time is normally a very busy and rushed time at the centre, so staff have not been able to discuss these issues with Sarah in any detail. Staff have expressed concerns to Sarah about Bella’s eating habits at pick-up time. Sarah says that she likes to ensure that her children have a meal they enjoy and cannot afford for them to waste any food. It is difficult for the family to afford fresh healthy foods on their single income.
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EEB309 Assessment 2 Case Study Template
Choose an evocative title that will engage the reader; include a key aspect that encapsulates the overall message)
Identify the socialisation influences (for example, family, peers, media) that could be contributing the wellness and wellbeing issues outlined in the case study. Use subject readings and materials to support the identification of these socialisation influences.
Identify strategies that early childhood staff and leadership could implement to address these socialisation influences to promote children’s wellness and wellbeing in the early childhood setting. Best practice is based on quality research and theory so include reference to these to substantiate your strategies.
Identify the environmental influences (for example, aspects of the physical environment) that could be contributing the wellness and wellbeing issues outlined in the case study. Use subject readings and materials to support the identification of these environmental influences. Identify strategies that early childhood staff and leadership could implement to address these environmental influences to promote children’s wellness and wellbeing in the early childhood setting. Best practice is based on quality research and theory so include reference to these to substantiate your strategies.
Identify the equity issues that could be contributing the wellness and wellbeing issues outlined in the case study. Use subject readings and materials to support the identification of these equity issues. Identify strategies that early childhood staff and leadership could implement to address these equity issues to promote children’s wellness and wellbeing in the early childhood setting. Best practice is based on quality research so include reference to this to substantiate your strategies.
Overview (A short summary paragraph outlining what is going on in this case study. Include reference to literature here to support your statements)
A short paragraph to sum up, draw conclusions, and/or suggest the next steps to promote wellness and wellbeing. This is another opportunity to further demonstrate your understanding by linking to subject content.
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This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
be able to examine the socialisation and environmental influences on health issues and how they apply to children and staff in early childhood settings.
be able to discuss the role leaders and advocates in the early childhood profession have on ensuring conditions in early childhood settings that support the wellness and wellbeing of children and staff.
This assessment task also provides students with opportunities to:
Understand and articulate the concepts of wellness and wellbeing from a health model perspective and how this pertains to the early childhood context.
Recognise the impact that wellness and wellbeing has on the continuing development of the child.
Analyse the socialisation and environmental influences related to children’s health issues in the early childhood setting.
Consider theoretical and practical means for fostering the wellness and wellbeing of children in the early childhood setting.
Recognise the role that early childhood directors and staff have in supporting children’s wellness and wellbeing.
For this assessment, you will use the following scenario to examine issues around children’s wellness and wellbeing to determine appropriate strategies for early childhood staff. Consider the following scenario then use the template to complete the assessment. Discuss the socialisation (families, peers, media) and environmental influences (physical aspects of the environment), as well as the equity issues related to children’s wellness and well-being in the case study. For each area, discuss how children’s wellness and wellbeing could be addressed and promoted by the early childhood staff and leadership: