Children must be safe and healthy in mind, body, and spirit to thrive. This course explores a holistic approach to health, nutrition, and safety topics including the physical and mental well-being of school-age children. All topics are explored through the lenses of prevention as well as Connecticut’s “Code of Responsibility for Teachers” and NAEYC’s (National Association for the Education of Young Children) “Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment.” Students promote inclusion and honor diversity while recognizing and demonstrating their sensitivity to the cultural, linguistic, and individual needs of children and their families. (3 credits)
- ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education OR EDU 115: Foundations in Education
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the interrelatedness among children’s development, health, safety, and nutrition.
- Investigate health equity topics and write a blog about the disparities related to one.
- Explain the effects of stress and other life experiences on children’s physical, behavioral, cognitive, and psychological development.
- Identify symptoms, possible treatments, and possible prevention strategies of communicable and acute illnesses, diseases, illnesses, injuries, mental health, and other health-related health topics and how they are built into the curricula.
- Differentiate between abuse and neglect, as well as an educator’s role as a mandated reporter, including the process to follow to secure support for the child and family involved.
- Evaluate (observe and assess) the safety and security protocols of your building inside and out including the role of parents and community agencies.
- Compare your school’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) to the A.L.I.C.E. protocols.
- Formulate a cyber-safety PSA (public service announcement) for parents/caregivers.
- Select and research a current “hot topic” related to health, safety, or nutrition.
- Construct a week-long, age-appropriate, nutritionally balanced meal plan that includes three meals and two snacks following federal guidelines.
- Evaluate the nutritional quality of a food item from its package label.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Written Assignments (Weeks 1-8)
Final Exam (Week 8)
- This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Interrelatedness Among Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Child Development
Topics: Healthy Living Affects All of Us
Topic: Conditions Affecting Children’s Health
Topic: Safety in Our Environments
Topics: Security and Safety of Our Children
Topics: Introduction to Nutrition and Nutrients
Topics: Meal Planning
Topics: Meal Planning and Food Safety
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 see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.