The student will identify the health needs and problems of young children. S/he will analyze the role played by the home and school in the physical development of the child. S/he will examine common disorders and diseases of childhood and the principles of nutrition related to meal planning for young children.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of how basic physical, mental health, nutritional, and safety needs that influence the growth and development of each young child are met.
Demonstrate skills for consistently implementing and evaluating research-based basic health, safety, and nutritional practices and articulate strategies for helping children practice safe behaviors through daily routines and activities.
Explain and identify ways to maintain a safe environment including: identifying hazards and risks; conducting regular health and safety assessments consistent with regulations and quality standards; and taking corrective action when necessary.
Identify signs and symptoms and emergency treatment options of childhood diseases and those which might indicate physical, sexual and psychological abuse or neglect, and discuss the impact of stress and trauma on children and their families.
Identify and describe first aid procedures, emergency response procedures, record-keeping, communication processes, and related legal, ethical and policy issues related to medical services to the young child.
Provide examples of effective health and immunization record-keeping systems.
Identify and describe necessary screening and referral procedures to assess children’s developmental and health status.
Discuss the impact of use of technology and technological gadgets by children on their development of relationship and social skills.