ED 243 : Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children

Transcript title

Nutri., Health Safety ECE



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

ED 140.


Provides an understanding of the essential elements of health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Methods and materials for enhancing motor development will be examined.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify key aspects of health and wellness (physical, dental, mental, nutritional) and plan wellness curriculum for programs with young children, including those with special health care needs.
2. Discuss the importance of physical activity and explain ways to promote the physical development of young children.
3. Analyze nutritional concepts and developmentally appropriate feeding practices to optimize health in infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children.
4. Explain common childhood infectious diseases and how to manage them in early childhood educational settings.
5. Identify safety considerations (physical and emotional) in environments with young children and appropriate emergency situation responses.
6. Identify signs of child abuse and neglect in young children and explain reporting requirements.

Content outline

Overview/Interconnection of Nutrition, Health, Safety
Teaching Wellness Concepts
The Foundations of Optimal Nutrition
The Science of Nutrition
Feeding Infants
Feeding Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School-Age Children
Menu Planning
Food Safety
Creating a Climate of Health and Wellness
Health Screening and Assessment
Managing Infectious Diseases
Teaching Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children's Mental Health
Child Abuse and Neglect
Ensuring Physical and Emotional Safety
Creating Safe Environments
Promoting Safe Practices
Responding to Emergencies
Societal Issues Regarding Young Children’s Health

Required materials

Textbook may be required; students must have access to a computer with Internet capability.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by weekly homework assignments, midterm exam, and final projects; may include discussion, short essays, and in-class presentation.

Outside of

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