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Course Description

The key components that promote physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Introductions to the laws, regulations standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health safety and nutrition. Focus on integrating the concepts into curriculum planning and program development for all children. Poison prevention, fire and earthquake safety and emergency preparedness is covered. This course may be taken for a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: ECE 220) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess strategies to maximize the mental and physical health of children and adults in programs for all young children in accordance with culturally, linguistic and developmentally sound practice.
  • Construct a reference binder of health, safety and nutrition resources and lesson plans for all children.
  • Demonstrate developmentally appropriate H/S/N lesson plans. Describe adaptations for at least one special needs population.
  • Evaluate regulations, standards, policies and procedures related to health, safety, and nutrition in support of young children, teachers and families.
  • Identify health, safety, and environmental risks in children's programs.
  • Demonstrate a professional commitment to confidentiality and the need for a safe, secure and nurturing program for each child and family.
  • Analyze the nutritional needs of children at various ages and evaluate the relationship between healthy development and nutrition.
  • Distinguish aspects of quality in programs for young children as related to health and safety, acknowledging the value of collaboration with families and the community.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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