Well-being is about feeling good and functioning well and comprises an individual’s experience of their life; and a comparison of life circumstances with social norms and values.  Well-being exists in two dimensions:

  • Subjective well-being (or personal well-being) asks people directly how they think and feel about their own well-being, and includes aspects such as life satisfaction (evaluation), positive emotions (hedonic), and whether their life is meaningful (eudemonic).
  • Objective well-being is based on assumptions about basic human needs and rights, including aspects such as adequate food, physical health, education, safety etc.

The Statutory Framework for the EYFS states that providers must promote the good health of children attending the setting. They must have a procedure, discussed with parents and/or carers, for responding to children who are ill or infectious, take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action if children are ill.