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 Care and Education Assistant professionals.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15




Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Health Promotion
- Occupational Wellness
- Prevention of Maltreatment
- Sustaining Wellness
- Nutritional Wellness
- Active Living Wellness
- Safety Wellness



Learning Outcomes:
A student who successfully completes this course will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- define the holistic concept of health and ways to maximize health potential
- describe factors in illness prevention and management
- plan, implement, and evaluate health, safety, and nutrition policies, and healthy food policy and practice
- describe factors in safety promotion
- define child abuse and indicators of neglect and abuse
- 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
- demonstrate a respectful appreciation for the importance of sensitivity and respect for the primary role of parents


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
Assignments: Late assignments or projects will only be accepted at the discretion of the Instructor. If there is a documented medical reason or extenuating circumstance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the Instructor immediately. In these situations, missed work may be completed or prorated.
Ethics: NLC assumes that all students attending the institution will follow a high standard of ethical behavior. Incidents of cheating, plagiarism, or unethical conduct may, therefore, result in a grade of zero for the assignment or project for all parties involved and/or expulsion from the course.
Attendance: Students are expected to participate with online discussions on a weekly basis.

Please note that NLC’s Early Childhood Education and Care, and Education Assistant programs adhere to NLC’s Education Policy on Student Absenteeism. According to this policy, a “student's attendance may be a necessary condition for completing a course satisfactorily. Program guidelines take precedence.” On this basis, your instructor reserves the right to adjust final grades that appear in D2L, to reflect considerations such as sustained absenteeism. The official final grade will be recorded in web advisor. Students must review final grades in web advisor.

Other pertinent information: this course adheres to the British Columbia Early Childhood Licensing Standards by meeting the following criteria
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.