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Resources for early childhood educators

Early childhood

Early childhood educators can play an important role in promoting young children’s oral health. Whether you work in child care, kindergarten or community programs, you will find information below to help you improve oral health in your service and community.

Oral health promotion programs

Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles


 Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles logo

Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles is a Dental Health Services Victoria initiative aimed at improving the oral health of Victorian children aged 0–3 years and pregnant women.

Part of this work is with early childhood professionals including child care educators, supported playgroup facilitators, family support workers and early intervention services, to increase knowledge, skills and confidence to promote oral health within their services.


link Learn more about Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles 

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Smiles 4 Miles


 Smiles 4 Miles

Smiles 4 Miles is an oral health promotion initiative implemented in early childhood settings in partnership with local organisations. Inclusion of an oral health program within early childhood settings such as kindergartens, play groups, long day care and family day care contributes significantly to outcomes for children.


linkLearn more about Smiles 4 Miles

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Achievement Program


 Achievement Program

Have you heard about the Achievement Program?

The Achievement Program supports early childhood service to create healthier environments and recognises their work to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

DHSV helped to develop the benchmarks for healthy eating and oral health.


linkVisit the Achievement Program website


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Resources for you

Baby teeth count too! – an oral health education program for Early Parenting Centre staff


Baby teeth count too This is an education program for introducing oral health promotion into Victoria’s three early parenting centres.  The program was developed by DHSV and clinical educators from Tweddle Children and Family Health Service, Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Centre. The program comprises four learning sessions. The Participant’s Workbook provides content and learning activities and the Facilitator’s Guide outlines how each learning session (module) can be facilitated by either clinical educators or staff responsible for quality improvement.

iconRead the facilitator's guide [PDF - 2.52 MB]

iconRead the participant's workbook [PDF - 2.63 MB]


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Eat for health


Eat for health Eat for health is a one stop shop for information about eating well. It houses the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) and includes a range of resources.

icon Visit the eat for health website

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Healthy Eating Advisory Service


Healthy together advisory service The Healthy Eating Advisory Service, run by Nutrition Australia Victoria Division, offers information and support on food and nutrition and the provision of healthy foods and drinks in early childhood services.

iconLearn more about the Healthy Eating Advisory Service


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Oral health newsletter inserts for early childhood services


newsletter-insert_cover_v2 A series of inserts for early childhood services to use in newsletters for families to promote key oral health messages. Includes a how to use guide and images.

PDF Read the oral health newsletter inserts [Word - 981 KB]

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Suggested oral health story books


Suggested oral health story books for Early Childhood professionals These are just a few suggestions for books that will help you to introduce discussions with children about the importance of teeth and how to look after them.

icon Read the book list [PDF - 420 KB]

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Information for families

 
icon Looking after your child’s mouth, teeth and gums [PDF - 1,969 KB]
 
iconDrink well, Eat well, Clean well tip cards
 
icon How to brush guide (includes denture care) [PDF - 534 KB]
 
icon How to brush your child's teeth guide [PDF - 669 KB]
 
iconHow to floss guide [PDF - 292KB]
 

iconTooth tips 0–12 months fact sheet [PDF - 292 KB]

 
icon Tooth tips 12–18 months fact sheet [PDF - 304 KB]
 
icon Tooth tips 18 months - 6 years fact sheet [PDF - 299 KB]
 
icon Translated oral health information
 

PDFA check-up for oral health video
An educational video produced by DHSV for parents. Find out how to care for your child's teeth and gums
and why it is so important.

PDFGeneral dental health advice

 
PDFFull DHSV resource library
 


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