A study of the factors that impact the well-being of the young child including healthy behavior, food, nutrition, fitness, and safety practices. Focuses on local and national standards and legal implications of relevant policies and regulations. Course content must be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards and coincide with the National Association for the Education of Young Children position statement related to developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to age eight. Requires students to participate in field experiences with children from infancy through age 12 in a variety of settings with varied and diverse populations. Course includes a minimum of 16 hours of field experiences.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between health, safety and nutrition.
  • Describe the basic principles of healthy behavior and guidance practices that influence health promotion, safe practices and disease prevention for young children.
  • Analyze principles of nutrition and the application to nutritional assessment.
  • Identify policy and regulatory requirements for nutrition.
  • Describe the role of physical fitness as it contributes to healthy behavior.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations for modifications of regulations regarding child’s safety, safety procedures, and children’s environments for safety.
  • Describe how physical, social, and emotional environments influence a child’s health.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0
External Learning/Field/Skills/Practicum Hours: 16.0