Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education (ECE-303)
Various: distance learning format
Varies (self-study; self-paced)
August 2018 - Present.
Number of Credits:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe how basic physical health, mental health, nutrition, and safety needs influence the growth and development of young children and explain how policies support those needs; implement and evaluate research-based basic health, safety, and nutritional practices and enact strategies for encouraging the of practice safe behaviors for students in the classroom and in their communities; explain and identify ways to maintain the health, safety, and wellness of young children including: identifying hazards and risks; conducting regular health and safety assessments consistent with regulations and quality standards; reporting child abuse; and taking corrective action when necessary; identify signs, symptoms, and emergency treatment options of childhood diseases and those which might indicate physical, sexual, and psychological abuse or neglect, and analyze the impact of stress and trauma on children, families, and the broader community; identify and describe first aid procedures, emergency response procedures, recordkeeping, communication processes, and related legal, ethical, and policy issues related to medical services to families and co-workers; explain ways to create culturally responsive, nutrition plans and identify strategies supportive of collaboration with families and health professionals in meeting children’s individual health and nutritional needs; provide examples of effective health and immunization record-keeping systems; recognize, document, and report child maltreatment, and methods for caring for an abused child; explain the importance that stable, responsive, and consistent caregiving and good communication has on providing children with an optimum environment for good mental health; identify and describe culturally responsive strategies for engaging with families and communities to preserve the health, safety, and wellness of young children.
This course is designed to provide early childhood educators with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in developmentally appropriate practices in health promotion, wellness, and safety for young children from diverse backgrounds and abilities levels within the context of the school, family, and community. Topics include: physical and mental health, nutrition, safety, communication, and record-keeping.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Children’s Health, Children’s Safety, or Children’s Mental Health (8/18).