Course Abstract Details

ECE-110, Nutrition, Health, & Safety in Early Childhood Education

Credits: 3

Course Description

ECE-110, Nutrition, Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education, provides insights into the needs of children in the formal early care and education setting. This course introduces the student to the field of general well-being, safety, nutrition, and first aid as it applies to young children. The course underscores the relationship of maternal diet/health to the health of the infant. The effects of nutrients on growth and development are examined. Childhood diseases and symptoms are investigated. The model early childhood program is examined in terms of balanced menus, health practices, and safety precautions. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-A-D and ENG-097. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Spring Term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

MAJOR COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:    

1. define health promotion, protection, and prevention and their importance in society and to the child care setting. (GE 1, 2, 6, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

2. define health, safety, and nutrition and state their importance in society and how it relates to the childcare setting. (GE 1, 2, 6, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

3. explain the importance of promoting good health for children and adults. (GE 1, 2; PG 1) 

4. list tools for promoting good health in children and adults. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 2, 3) 

5. identify and discuss the importance of infection control and health management in the community and childcare setting. (GE 1, 2, 6, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

6. discuss health care policies relevant to society and childcare. (GE 1, 2, 6, 7; PG 1, 2, 3) 

7. explain how to create safe environments. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 3) 

8. explain injury prevention and importance of its management. (GE 1, 2; PG 1) 

9. list safety policies for both indoor and outdoor safety in the community and childcare setting. (GE 1, 2; PG 1, 2, 3) 

10. properly identify safety policies for emergency response. (GE 1, 2, 7; PG 1) 

11. identify emergency and appropriate response procedures. (GE 1, 2; PG 1) 

12. explain how to be prepared for disasters. (GE 1, 2; PG 1)  

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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