What the Achievement Program is
The Achievement Program gives you a simple, evidence-based framework to create a healthy learning environment and support the health and wellbeing of everyone in your service. Give children the best possible start to their learning and development and boost staff productivity – at any age, healthy people perform better.
Developed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training, the initiative aligns closely with the National Quality Standard, the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. So, implementing the Achievement Program is a great way to strengthen your practice against national and state guidelines.
Even if you’re already doing great things to promote health and wellbeing at your service, the Achievement Program helps you build on this, and achieve recognition from the Victorian Government as a Healthy Early Childhood Service.
Health promoting services approach
The Achievement Program is based on the World Health Organization’s model for health promoting schools, an internationally recognised best practice approach for enhancing health, learning and development outcomes.
A health promoting services approach is broader than implementing some health and wellbeing activities – although these are important. It involves integrating health into planning and policies, creating a healthy culture and environment, and involving the whole service – children, staff, educators and families in the process. Forging partnerships with the local community is also important.
Through the Achievement Program, health and wellbeing becomes embedded in your culture – a part of everyday service life.