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Wellbeing for children with Healthy Harold at TG's Child Care

Updated: Apr 10

✦ TG's children are learning lots about wellbeing and healthy choices with a friendly giraffe!

Healthy Harold is a friendly giraffe who is really good at helping children understand how to make safe, healthy choices. Some of you who are parents may also have known Healthy Harold the Giraffe from the time when you were a child!

This friendly giraffe puppet was 'born' in 1979 with the Life Education program. Around 7 million Australian children have known and learnt from Healthy Harold through the years.

This year, Healthy Harold is visiting TG's Child Care in Armidale and Uralla to teach the children about wellbeing. By helping children to understand how they are feeling and giving them little tools and tips, the children are empowered to not only care for themselves but also for others.

Children can experience big emotions too, and it is not always easy for them to articulate or understand them. TG's has always been known for building and nurturing caring, respectful relationships and engagements with the children, Educators, families and even their local communities. Children build meaningful relationships with each other in their interactions that involve care, kindness and respect. TG's curriculum and activities planned by the Educators focus on the children's wellbeing through Playing is Learning for Life.

Wellbeing for children with Healthy Harold at TG's Child Care

TG's Children are Experts in Mindfulness

Mental health outcomes at TG's are for everyone - children, Educators, families. Children are supported to reach their fullest potential by learning what promotes their wellbeing. This involves helping them to understand their emotions and teaching them to use self-regulating skills. They gain life-coping mechanisms to create a wellbeing toolkit that they can keep using long after they have left TG's. This is Wellbeing for Life, starting at TG's.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is embedded into the philosophy at TG’s and it is the underlying support mechanism for TG's to have mindfulness within their service. By supporting and protecting children’s rights, it contributes to their wellbeing and TG's is giving children techniques to succeed in life.

TG’s is in a trusted position to promote and provide empowered environments such as their mindfulness area to support children’s autonomy and agency.

Some of the tools TG's is providing the children include:

  • Mindfulness area – where children go to reflect, self-regulate and centre themselves to be able to continue on with their days if they start feeling overwhelmed. In this area there are sensory resources, breathing cards, books, emotion cards that children can choose what most resonates with them.

  • Yoga experiences daily within TG's rooms.

  • Calming cultural music to support relaxation.

  • Guided Mediation which includes body scanning.

  • Group time mindfulness activities – breathing techniques, listening experiences, body awareness, stillness to be present in the now.

  • Give the children the skills to be able to communicate their feelings to others and themselves in a positive way.

  • Storytime includes mindfulness books being read to the children. Children are allowed and encouraged to recognise their emotions, feel them and validate them. "I feel frustrated!", "I feel happy!" etc. and the children learn how to respond to their emotions in a positive way.

  • Fortnightly beach and bush kindy walks where sensory experiences, openness and curiosity to ask questions are encouraged. Fresh air, sunlight and open spaces help children to connect to nature and relax their minds.

According to the Greek physician, Hippocrates, otherwise known as the father of medicine, “walking is man’s best medicine”.

Wellbeing Outcomes

Everything TG's does aligns to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes. With Healthy Harold's visit, the children learn the importance of relationships for wellbeing and identify and practise strategies that they can use to manage different feelings and emotions.

  • Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Children are connected and contribute to their world

  • Children are effective communicators

TG’s Child Care is trusted by families as the stewardship of their children's future, and we'd say of the children's wellbeing too.

At TG's, the children are given the safe space to develop their wellbeing. TG's environment is a "Universe in Miniature", like a safe, kind, loving world where children are nurtured to show care and respect to create a better environment and society for tomorrow.

Children are Playing it Forward with their wellbeing strategies every day they are at TG's, and onward into their future.

Playing is Learning for Life, and Wellbeing is also for Life.


TG's Child Care locations and contact details

Urangan QLD

61 Miller St, Urangan, QLD 4655

Armidale NSW

11 Samuelson Crescent, Armidale NSW 2350

Uralla NSW

23B John St, Uralla NSW 2358

Wauchope - Hastings St NSW

33B Hastings St, Wauchope NSW 2446

Wauchope - High St NSW

223A High St, Wauchope NSW 2446

Wauchope - Riverbreeze NSW

3 Riverbreeze Drive, Wauchope NSW 2446


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