NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
EDU 235 - HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION EDUCATION (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Focuses on the physical needs of children and explores strategies to meet these needs. Emphasizes positive health routines, hygiene, nutrition, feeding and clothing practices, childhood diseases, and safety. Laces emphasis on the development of healthy habits, and concerns in food and nutrition. Describes symptoms of and reporting procedures for child abuse. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

To prepare the early childhood educator to meet the physical needs of young children through preparation of a safe environment, planned routines and positive experiences in the areas of health, safety and nutrition.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. demonstrate understanding of the stages of physical growth of children, and practices which meet their changing needs
    2. demonstrate proficiency in planning positive health routines for children within the framework of the early childhood program
    3. demonstrate understanding of appropriate meal planning practices for you children
    4. demonstrate the ability to identify common childhood diseases, and plan appropriate responses to their onset
    5. demonstrate proficiency in planning child centered activities to promote conceptual understanding in children of self care in the areas of health, safety and nutrition
    6. demonstrate understanding of the definition of child abuse, identification of symptoms, and appropriate response to it
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. Physical development of you children
    2. Scheduling health routines into daily lives of young children
    3. Simple menu planning for children
    4. Health issues related to eating habits in children
    5. Identification and prevention of common childhood diseases
    6. Planning and creating a safe and healthy learning environment for children
    7. Child abuse identification and reporting responsibilities
EXTRA TOPICS (optional)
    1. Using Community Resources
    2. Working with Parents
    3. Children with Special Needs
Revised 9/95

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