Children must be in a state of wellness in order to learn and reach their full potential. This course provides a comprehensive overview of current philosophies and developmentally appropriate practices related to health, safety and nutrition for young children ages birth through eight years old. Students investigate a variety of effective strategies and available resources to promote healthy lifestyles, safety, and nutritional guidelines within the context of an early childhood educational setting. Permeating themes are inclusion, diversity and the importance of being culturally, linguistically and individually sensitive of our children and families. Students explore topics including child development; physical and mental health; childhood diseases and illnesses; safe environments and activities; child abuse with an emphasis on the teachers’ role as mandated reporters; nutritionally sound menus; as well as the importance of food safety.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the interrelatedness among child development, health, safety and nutrition.
- Design safe and effective, high quality indoor and outdoor environments that are conducive to learning.
- Explain how to plan, prepare and serve age-appropriate, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks.
- Demonstrate how to plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate health, safety and nutrition activities for young children.
- Identify symptoms of communicable and acute illnesses as well as discuss effective treatments of major childhood diseases, illnesses and injuries.
- Recognize abuse and neglect of children and detail the process of securing help for the child(ren) involved.
- Describe effective practices for assessing children’s health.
- Categorize food nutrients and their benefits to our bodies.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8) 13 @ 8 points
Parent Brochure (Week 2)
Research Paper (Week 3)
Lesson Plans (Weeks 4, 6, & 7) 3 @ 25 points each
Book Review (Week 5)
Menu (Week 8)
Final Examination (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Marotz, Lynn R. Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child. 9th ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 9781285427331
- Journal articles, online materials, etc. maybe required on a weekly basis. They will be posted in Blackboard.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Interrelatedness Among Health, Safety, Nutrition and Child Development
Topics: Healthy Lifestyles, Daily Health Observations and Assessments: Screenings and Referrals
Topics: Conditions Affecting Children’s Health & Identification and Management of Illnesses and Infections
Topics: Creating Safe, High Quality Indoor and Outdoor Environments Including Risk Management and Prevention
Topics: Management of Injuries and Acute Illnesses; Identifying and Reporting Suspicions of Abuse and Neglect; Planning/implementing a Health Curriculum and a Safety Curriculum
Topics: Nutritional Guidelines Infant and Toddler Feeding
Topic: Necessary Nutrients that Provide Energy, Promote Growth of Body Tissues and Regulate Body Functions
Topics: Planning and Serving Nutritional Meals; Food Safety; and Planning/Implementing a Nutrition Curriculum
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies and the “Course Policies” link for specific policies related to this course. COSC Resources information regarding available COSC academic support services and resources.