Healthy Schools and Outside School Hours Care

Schools and Outside School Hours Care play an important role in the community and can foster healthy behaviours at a young age.

Our team support schools and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) on their health and wellbeing journey.  

We are here to support you. Contact us for more information and to get the ball rolling. 

Benefits of getting involved

  • Free local health and wellbeing support in your school/OSHC
  • Case study opportunities and free promotion to the local community
  • Recognition from peak bodies such as the Victorian Government
  • Rewards and incentives for your school and OSHC
  • Health and wellbeing benefits for your school/OSHC community

Upcoming events

Schools’ Health and Wellbeing Community of Practice

The Community of Practice is open to all interested school staff, including leadership, wellbeing coordinators and school nurses, in Cardinia Shire, City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong. The Community of Practice gives schools an opportunity to connect with each other and share insights on health and wellbeing.

In 2024, the online Community of Practice will include rotating topics of interest, including:

Term 1. Vaping focus: Learn more and register

Term 2. Body Image and Young People – Information and Resources: Learn more and register

Join our Schools newsletter list to keep up to date.

Visit the Health Promotion team page for more upcoming events.

In the spotlight

Principals’ Health and Wellbeing Breakfast Forum

The 2023 event kicked off at Cranbourne West Community Hub with breakfast and networking, followed by presentations from a variety of school health and wellbeing providers. This forum focused on food and movement with fantastic presentations from Foodbank School Breakfast Clubs Program, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, Vic Kids Eat Well, Melbourne City Soccer Club, Bicycle Network, AFL Vic, ACHPER/Active Schools and Respectful Relationships.

We also heard from Alan at St Joseph’s Primary School on the wonderful health and wellbeing initiatives they have started. Our next event will focus on vaping, cyber bullying, mental health and school refusal. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with events and training on offer.

Support we offer

  • Free webinars/ workshops/ Community of Practice contributing to professional development
  • Individual and tailored support for your school/OSHC
  • Monthly school/ OSHC health and wellbeing E-newsletter
  • Menu assessments
  • Policy development
  • Resource provision and development.

Health and wellbeing programs

Achievement Program (schools)

We can support your school with the Achievement Program, a state-wide program that supports a whole-of-school approach to make positive changes. The Achievement Program focuses on the following health priority areas: 

Healthy Eating and Oral Health
Physical Activity and Movement
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Smoking, Vaping, Alcohol and Other Drugs
Sexual Health and Wellbeing
Safe Environments
Sun Protection

The Achievement Program also enables schools to take action on climate change by working through the Climate and Health Pathway.

Find out more or register for the free Achievement Program at www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au. You can receive Victorian Government recognition from being involved.

Our team supports schools across Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong. The Achievement Program is funded by the Victorian Government, managed by Cancer Council Victoria.

Vic Kids Eat Well (schools and OSHC)

We’re proud to get behind Vic Kids Eat Well, an exciting, free Victoria-wide movement focused on boosting healthy food and drink options in the places kids spend their time, including schools and OSHC.   

Vic Kids Eat Well is a fresh new approach to making healthy eating easier, by focusing on bite-sized changes and aligning with the Department of Education’s Canteens, Healthy Eating and Other Food Services Policy (schools) and National Quality Standard – Quality Area 2 (OSHC).

It is an opportunity to receive some great rewards for your school, be nominated for the annual Vic Kids Eat Well Awards and generate a real community buzz for healthy eating. 

Vic Kids Eat Well is supported by the Victorian Government and is delivered by Cancer Council Victoria’s Achievement Program, in partnership with Nutrition Australia’s Healthy Eating Advisory Service. The Health Promotion team supports schools and OSHC services with on-the-ground support every step of the way.

Get inspired by these local Vic Kids Eat Well case studies

Cranbourne Carlisle OSHClub’s tasty and diverse foods.

Dandenong West Primary School makes healthy eating and wellbeing a top priority.

To sign up for free or to learn more about the movement, head to  www.vickidseatwell.health.vic.gov.au. 

Schools resource hub

School and OSHC resource hub

Visit our resources page for a list of materials to support your health and wellbeing journey.

Stay in touch

Stay up to date with all the school health and wellbeing information from around the state with our monthly newsletter. Full of free professional development, grants and resources, it is a great way to stay informed.

Monthly Schools and OSHC newsletter 

Sign up for the monthly Schools and OSHC newsletter and download the latest newsletter.

Contact us

If you would like further information about health and wellbeing in education settings, please contact: 

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City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong

Laura Ayres
Health Promotion Practitioner
Laura.Ayres@monashhealth.org

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Cardinia Shire Council

Lauren Clementson
Health Promotion Practitioner
Lauren.Clementson@monashhealth.org