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The Growing Up Program (GUP)

The Growing Up Program (GUP) is Tasmania’s leading relationships, sexuality and protective behaviours’ program for students from Kindergarten through to year 6. 

It is facilitated by an experienced team of Family Planning Tasmania educators, and is age and developmentally appropriate, sequential, and evidence-based. 

The program is aligned to the: 

  • Australian Curriculum 
  • Early Years learning Framework 
  • Respectful Relationships Teaching and Learning Package 

GUP reflects the latest in sexual and reproductive health research, and aims to maximise learning outcomes, and increase positive communication between parents /carers and their child/children. 

Growing Up educators will encourage children to talk to their families and other trusted adults and consider their own/family’s beliefs and values. 

Family Planning Tasmania recommends that students be provided with relationships, sexuality and protective behaviours education each year. 

The Growing Up Program (GUP) is Tasmania’s leading relationships, sexuality and protective behaviours’ program for students from Kindergarten through to year 6. 

It is facilitated by an experienced team of Family Planning Tasmania educators, and is age and developmentally appropriate, sequential, and evidence-based.  

The program is aligned to the: 

  • Australian Curriculum 
  • Early Years learning Framework 
  • Respectful Relationships Teaching and Learning Package

GUP reflects the latest in sexual and reproductive health research, and aims to maximise learning outcomes, and increase positive communication between parents /carers and their child/children. 

Growing Up educators will encourage children to talk to their families and other trusted adults and consider their own/family’s beliefs and values. 

 Family Planning Tasmania recommends that students be provided with relationships, sexuality and protective behaviors’ education each year. 

Key GUP Focus areas for Kindergarten to Year 2

  • Identity- begin to understand identity, learning to respect and value diversity in self and in others. 
  • Respectful Language – accurate and respectful language including the correct names for body parts 
  • Growth and Change – exploring how their body changes from a baby to a child 
  • Wellbeing – Promotion of physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Respectful Relationships – developing basic skills to understand their rights and responsibilities. 
  • Protective Behaviours – correctly naming body parts and identifying those that are private; understanding the difference between public and private places; types of touch; and learning to identify the warning signs their body may display in a situation that is not ok, uncomfortable or unsafe. 
  • Help Seeking Behaviours – how to seek help when needed. 

Key GUP focus areas for Years 3 and 4

  • Identity – understanding  identity, learning to respect and value diversity in others. 
  • Respectful Language – including correct name for body parts and functions 
  • Growth and Change- understanding how their body works and why changes occur as they grow older. 
  • Puberty – understanding puberty and learning how to manage changes. 
  • Conception & birth – exploring how babies are made and correcting common myths and misinformation. 
  • Wellbeing – promotion of physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Respectful Relationships – developing skills to understand their rights and responsibilities. 
  • Protective Behaviours – types of touch; online safety; and learning to identify the warning signs their body may display in a situation that is not ok, uncomfortable or unsafe. 
  • Help Seeking Behaviours – how and when to seek help, including opportunity to analyse and respond to scenario situations where help may need to be sought for self and/or others. 

Key GUP focus areas for Year 4/5 combined class

  • Identity – understanding their identity, learning to respect and value diversity in others. 
  • Respectful Language – including correct names for body parts and functions 
  • Growth, Change & Puberty – exploring the physical, social and emotional changes and influences of puberty, and developing skills and strategies they can use to manage these changes 
  • Conception & birth – exploring how babies are made and correcting common myths and misinformation. 
  • Wellbeing – promotion of physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Respectful Relationships – developing skills to understand their rights and responsibilities. 
  • Protective Behaviours – types of touch; online safety; and learning to identify the warning signs their body may display in a situation that is not ok, uncomfortable or unsafe. 
  • Help Seeking Behaviours – how and when to seek help, including opportunity to analyse and respond to scenario situations where help may need to be sought for self and/or others. 

Key GUP focus areas for Year 5 and 6

GUP Booking Form

Please complete the below form and email it to GUP@fpt.asn.au and we will be back in touch to discuss your school’s needs and availabilities. Thank you!

GUP Booking Form

GUP Booking Form

Please complete the below form and email it to GUP@fpt.asn.au and we will be back in touch to discuss your school’s needs and availabilities. Thank you!

  • Identity – students are encouraged to look at their beliefs and values and those of others, and explore what it is that makes people who they are. 
  • Respecting Diversity – recognition of similarities and differences between people and learning to value and respect diversity. 
  • Growth, Change & Puberty – exploring the physical, social and emotional changes and influences of puberty in greater depth, and develop and appraise skills and strategies they can use to manage these changes. Investigating the reproductive system. 
  • Exploring Wellbeing strategies to promote physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Respectful relationships – exploring the rights and responsibilities of themselves and others and understanding what is ok and not ok in different types of relationships. 
  • Decision making – exploring the process of decision making, taking into account the choices we make, influences, and the impact these have on ourselves and others. E.g. risk-taking and the law. 
  • Managing Influence – recognising how media, peers and others in the community, including social media, influence respectful relationships and healthy decision making. 
  • Protective Behaviours – previous knowledge is reinforced with emphasis placed on recognising the characteristics of a respectful relationship and balance of power within respectful relationships. 
  • Help Seeking Behaviours – how and when to seek help, online safety, and gives opportunity to analyse and respond to scenario situations where help may need to be sought. 

Useful Documents

Please complete the below GUP form and email it to GUP@fpt.asn.au and we will be back in touch to discuss your school’s needs and availabilities. Thank you!

More information about the GUP program is available in the documents below.

GUP Booking Form
GUP 2022 A4 Flyer
Kinder to Year 2 GUP Information sheet 2022
Year 3 & 4 GUP Information sheet 2022
Year 4 & 5 combined GUP Information sheet 2022
Year 5 & 6 GUP Information sheet 2022
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