HLT 135 Syllabus


Division:  Arts & Sciences                                                                                                                         Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Early Childhood Development, Child Care Certificate, Career Studies Certificate, and as a Health Elective.


Course Number & Title:                           Health 135: Child Health and Nutrition


Credit Hours:  3      Hours/Wk Lecture: 3          Hours/Wk Lab:        Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:  Health 135: Child Health and Nutrition (3 cr.)  Focuses on the physical needs of the preschool child and the methods by which these are met. Emphasizes health routines, hygiene, nutrition, feeding and clothing habits, childhood diseases, and safety as related to health, growth and development. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:   A basic understanding of child health and nutrition is essential for anyone who is responsible for the care and nurture of young children whether in a professional or domestic role.  This course is required in the Early Childhood Development AAS, and the Child care Certificate


III.           Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course) 


Non-developmental in English preferred.


IV.          Course Content (list the major topics):  

A.           Common Childhood Medical Issues and Problems

B.           Nutrition and Childhood Development

C.           Childhood Diseases

D.           Hygiene and Clothing

E.           Exercise and Health Routines for Children

F.            Safety Issues and Strategies



V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will be able to:


A.   Identify and prevent medical and dental problems.

B.   Identify and list the nutrients necessary for good physical, emotional and mental and development.

C.   Discuss the importance of good nutrition from prenatal stages through childhood to adolescence.

D.   Demonstrate competence in meal planning according to guidelines stated by the Minimum Standards of Day Care in Virginia and the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

E.   Describe the health, safety and nutrition needs of children.

F.    Discuss the effects of poor nutrition and how they can be corrected and prevented.

G.   Demonstrate competence in relating learning experiences with food with other areas of the early childhood curriculum.

H.   Assess the child care environment, both indoors and outdoors, for safety hazards and take remedial action to provide a safe environment for children.

I.      Teach children about safety and know how to handle emergencies, accidents and injuries appropriately when they occur.

VI.  Evaluation



Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, tests, essays, and projects defined by faculty.  Students must complete at least one sustained writing assignment involving research into a child health or safety topic.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Personal Development