2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECE 201 - Early Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition

3 CR
This course introduces students to health, safety, and nutrition issues and practices in child care centers and homes (including universal health precautions, community health, and the respective legal implications). Students will study the eating practices and nutrition of young children and the implication they play in promoting healthy physical, social, language, and cognitive development. Emphasis will be placed on preventing communicable diseases and providing safe environments. This course is based on NAEYC standards of child development practices. Each student will be required to spend two (2) to four (4) clock hours completing field experience outside of scheduled class times which may include working with young children, families, and early childhood professionals. Lab Fee

Requisites: Next Gen ACCUPLACER® reading score of 244, or at least a grade of C in TSRE 55  or ENGL 151 .
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Examine appropriate health, safety and nutritional guidelines and practices and how these are embedded into early childhood environments and programming.
  2. Explain the importance of responding to individual children’s health needs, including recognizing symptoms of common diseases and signs of abuse and/or neglect.
  3. Strategize methods for encouraging families to promote health and safety principles in their children, respecting differences within cultures.
  4. Design learning environments that include developmentally appropriate space and materials, reduce stress and prevent injury, and promote overall good health practices.
  5. Identify signs of emotional distress in children and appropriate, sensitive ways to respond.
  6. Identify issues related to health, safety, and/or nutrition and how they impact young children.