Early years, children and young people
Wellbeing SA is working to ensure South Australian children and young people have the best start in life.
The health of a child starts before birth, with the health and wellbeing of parents, prior to conception and during pregnancy, affecting the health of a baby at birth and through their early years. The early years of life lay the foundations for future health and wellbeing. Positive health and wellbeing behaviours established across childhood, adolescence and early adulthood have a lasting effect across the lifetime and play a critical role in preventing injury and disease later in life.
Wellbeing SA is working with key partners and stakeholders in South Australia to have a positive impact across all aspects of healthy early child development including physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellbeing.
Knowing the profound influence of parents and caregivers on a child’s health and wellbeing, Wellbeing SA is working in partnership to enhance parenting support and skills development to help children and their families thrive.
We are also leading evidence based action across child and youth health by undertaking statewide monitoring of pregnancy characteristics and outcomes. This work helps to identify population groups at greater risk for poorer health and wellbeing outcomes across pregnancy and helps to determine preventative interventions to better support children, young people and their families.
Explore more about what we’re doing to support the health and wellbeing of South Australian children and young people below: