A. Demonstrate effective strategies for evaluating health and safety policies and procedures.
B. Compare and contrast various methods of collaboration with teachers and families to promote health and safety in settings for children ages 0-5.
C. Compare and contrast various health assessment tools and policies.
D. Identify environmental health and safety risks for children 0-5.
E. Identify symptoms of common communicable diseases and other health conditions that effect young children.
F. Identify and discuss common health and safety issues in early childhood settings.
G. Identify characteristics of abuse and neglect and demonstrate knowledge of mandated child abuse reporting procedures.
H. Differentiate the nutritional needs of various ages of children and plan economical and nutritional meals and snacks based on the individual needs of children.
I. Write appropriate early childhood curriculum on the topics of health, safety and nutrition appropriate for families and all children.
J. Recognize a caregiver’s role and responsibility to model good health, safety and nutrition habits.
K. Research current health issues related to children and families.
L. Review laws and regulations (e.g., Title 22, Title 5, Fire Code) supporting health, safety and nutrition in children’s programs.
Detailed Topical Outline
A. Under all circumstances utilize developmentally appropriate practices (DCLAP)
1. Review of developmentally appropriate practices (DCLAP)theory
2. Discussion of DCLAP practice as it relates to health, safety, and nutrition
B. Promote good health with families, teachers, and children involved in culturally, linguistically and developmentally appropriate ways
C. Conditions affecting children’s health
D. Health appraisals and health assessment tools
E. Communicable and acute illnesses: identification, the infectious process, and effective control
F. Creating safe environments
G. Safety management for all children
H. Injury prevention and care
I. Considerations for children with special needs, medical needs, and interventions
J. Policies and prevention strategies related to child abuse and neglect
K. Common health issues (i.e. obesity, asthma, autism, allergies)
L. Planning for children’s health, safety, and nutrition education
M. Nutrition guidelines
N. Physical fitness
O. Diet analysis
P. Meal time policies
Q. Special considerations for infants and toddlers
R. Food safety
S. Menu planning considering culture, tradition, and family choices
T. Responsibilities of teacher as role model of best health, safety, and nutrition practices
U. Collaboration with health care professionals