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The use of an integrated approach in early childhood settings is extremely

beneficial as it allows for children’s learning and development to be holistic,


targeting
s multiple avenues at the same time. “Health, safety and nutrition are
closely intertwined and dependent on one another” (Marotz, 2015, pg. 8),
therefore when teaching children about any one of these aspects, educators
need to ensure that they are related so that children can begin to learn about
the interconnectedness and reliance on one another. As well as this, the
recommended dietary requirements of children are essential, as “children
who receive all essential nutrients…are more likely to reach their growth
potential, benefit from learning opportunities, experience fewer illnesses and
have ample energy for play.” (Marotz, 2015, pg. 8)

As can be seen, it is paramount that educators ensure that children receive


all of the proper nutrients, extending this to the home environment, educating
and informing families of how they can continue this integrated approach in
their homes. Children who live healthy lifestyles “are more likely to exhibit
characteristic behaviours and developmental skills appropriate for their age”
(Marotz, 2015, pg. 18), therefore an integrated approach that considers all
aspects of children’s health and development is not only benefitting their
growth and development but their future success and holistic development.
Incorporating a health concept such as that of the preventative health
concept, allows for this integrated approach that targets children’s health,
safety and nutritional needs.