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HDEC 102 - Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course examines methods of sound health, safety, and nutrition practice in Human Services and Education settings that involve caring for and educating children. Particular attention is given to the promotion and modelling of a healthy, safe environment through management and prevention. This course will encourage reflection of personal health, safety, and nutritional issues as they apply to Early Childhood Educators.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15




Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Introduction and Orientation
- Understanding Health
- Health Promotion
- Personal and Occupational Role of the Professional Towards Health
- Communicable and Acute Illnesses
- Nutrition
- Developmental Eating Sequences, and Oral Motor Dysfunctions and Deviations
- Menu Planning and Food Safety
- Recommended Practice
- Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention
- Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
- Supporting Children’s Development and the Curriculum of Health

- Serendipity


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes of personal wellness and sound health, safety, and nutrition practices with children birth to 6 years of age.

A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Define the holistic concept of health and ways to maximinze health potential
- Describe factors in illness prevention and management
- Plan, implement, and evaluate health, safety and nutrition policies, and health food policy and practice
- Describe factors in safety promotion
- Define child abuse and indicators of neglect and abuse

A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Demonstrate a respectful appreciation for the importance of sensitivity and respect for the primary role of parents

A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Develop an awareness and skills in dealing with health, safety, and nutritional concerns of infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children, as well as those who require extra support
- Illustrate safe occupational health practices
- Create and maintain a safe environment for children
- Describe methods of preventing child abuse and the role of the early childhood educator in situations regarding abuse and neglect
- Practice and model principles of sound health promotion practices
- Apply the ECEBC Code of Ethics


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 80


Percentage of Group Work: 20


Additional Course Comments:
Students must be working or volunteering in an ECE or school setting in order to complete the required assignments
Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and the Ministry of Health;
Registry Competencies:
Function No. 1: Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    1-a: Ensure that the environment complies with or exceeds licensing requirements and/or report licensing related issues appropriately
    1-a-1(a), 1-a-1(b), 1-a-3, 1-a-4, 1-a-6
    1-b: Develop, implement and maintain policies that ensure the health and safety of all children
    1-b-1, 1-b-2, 1-b-3(a), 1-b-3(b), 1-b-4(a), 1-b-4(b), 1-b-5, 1-b-6, 1-b-7, 1-b-8, 1-b-9
    1-c: Design environments that meet the development and educational needs of children and ensure their health, safety and well-being
    1-c-1, 1-c-2, 1-c-3. 1-c-4, 1-c-7
    1-d: Comply with child protection responsibilities as outlined in legislation, regulations, protocols and court orders
    1-d-1(a), 1-d-1(b), 1-d-2, 1-d-3(a), 1-d-3(b), 1-d-4, 1-d-5, 1-d-6
Function No. 2: Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs that meet the observed needs of children
    2-c: Ensure that program and services reflect and respect diversity
    2-c-1, 2-c-3, 2-c-5, 2-c-6,
    2-d: Provide and/or access the supports that are required for the successful inclusion of each child
    2-d-2, 2-d-7
    2-e: Communicate with families about their child’s growth and development
    2-e-1, 2-e-5
Function No. 3: Nurture children to promote positive development
    3-a: Establish an emotionally safe and nurturing climate
Function No. 6: Develop yourself and contribute to the development of others to meet current and future needs
    6-a: Plan and implement personal and professional development
    6-a-1, 6-a-4, 6-a-5
Function No. 7: Contribute to the effective management and administration of child care services
    7-a: Participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for all aspects of service administration and management
    7-b: Contribute to an effective team to ensure the delivery of quality child care services
    7-c: Implement good practice and current government child care related policies, programs and procedures



Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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