early years services


Our environments influence our behaviour. By embedding health and wellbeing in early childhood service culture, we’re giving our children a great start to their learning and helping them develop to their full potential.

Instilling healthy habits in children during their formative years not only boosts their health and learning potential, it sets them up for a lifetime of good health.

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 life.

A healthy environment helps children learn, play and reach their full potential. The Achievement Program gives early childhood education services a framework, tools and resources to create a healthy environment. Watch the video to find out more.

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The Achievement Program

The Achievement Program provides 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.

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.

Quick Start guide

The Achievement Program quick start guide provides a quick and easy summary of what is required at each stage of the Achievement Program – Coordinate, Create and Celebrate. It’s useful for explaining what’s involved and is more than just an introduction to the Achievement Program. It also directs your service to more detailed information and tools, so you can use it from registration to recognition.

The Achievement Program was developed to be complementary to the NQS. Click here to download a document that explains exactly how the two align. All seven Quality Areas are supported by the Achievement Program. The benchmarks encourage a range of actions from creating community partnerships to incorporating health and wellbeing into Quality Improvement Plans.

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captain carrot and the crusaders

Three Early Childcare Centres are piloting the new ‘Captain Carrot and the Crusaders’ health resource. (De Garis Kindergarten, Ouyen Kindergarten and MRCC Family Day Care)

You may recognise the feature character as one of the vegetables from Healthy Together Mildura’s ‘Go One Better’ campaign, which encouraged families to eat one more serve of vegetables every day. Captain Carrot and the Crusaders build on that campaign with a dedicated focus on early childhood services.

Contact us for ‘Captain Carrot and the Crusaders’ pilot resources – for use by participating centres only at this stage.

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health promoting early childhood centres

Early Childhood Service providers are a powerful force in children's lives and can help them learn habits that prevent childhood obesity and can keep them healthy for life. We are pleased to announce that 100% of local Early Childhood Centres have made the commitment to creating healthy environments for our children to learn and play in, by signing up to the Achievement Program. 

They are:

  • Country Way Early Learning

  • De Garis Kindergarten

  • Goodstart Early Learning - Mildura 11th Street

  • Good Start - Matthew Flinders

  • Happy Turtle Childcare

  • Irymple Kindergarten

  • Kathleen Kelly Kindergarten

  • Mallee Minors Child Care Centre - Ouyen

  • Merbein Kindergarten

  • Mildura Central Childcare Centre

  • Mildura Early Learning Centre

  • Mildura Rural City Council Family Day Care

  • Mildura South Kindergarten

  • Mildura West Kindergarten

  • Millewa Preschool

  • Montessori Beginnings

  • Murrayville Early Learning Centre

  • Nangiloc & District Kindergarten

  • Outback Kids

  • Ouyen Preschool

  • Pasadena Preschool

  • Playalong Occasional & Long Day Care Centre

  • Red Cliffs Kindergarten

  • St Margaret's Preschool

  • TAFE Kids Inc.

  • Underbool Early Learning Centre


Sarah Carn - Health Promotion Officer

Phone: 03 5021 7622
Email: scarn@schs.com.au