EDU 235 Syllabus

Division: Arts and Sciences Date: January 2015

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education degree, Early Childhood Education career studies certificate 

Course Number and Title:  EDU 235, Health, Safety, and Nutrition Education

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

      I.        Catalog Description: Focuses on the health and developmental needs of children and the methods by which these needs are met. Emphasizes positive health, hygiene, nutrition and feeding routines, childhood diseases, and safety issues. Emphasizes supporting the mental and physical well being of children, as well as procedures for reporting child abuse. Lecture 3 hours per week. Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level. 3 credits

    II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: The course prepares the early childhood educator to meet the physical needs of young children through preparation of a safe environment, planned routines and positive experiences in the areas of health, safety and nutrition. This course contributes to the knowledge base in Early Childhood Education and directly relates to Program Outcome 3 in that the Virginia Licensing Standards for Child Care are thoroughly reviewed as the basis for decisions relating to health, safety and nutrition.

III.           Required background: Completion of (or exemption from) from ENF 2. Because students may have close contact with young children at the child care center located on the DCC campus, a negative TB screening test is required.

IV.          Course Content:

V. Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students will be able to:

Identify stages of physical growth of children, and practices which meet their changing needs

List and apply positive health routines for children within the framework of the early childhood program

Outline appropriate meal planning practices for young children

Identify common childhood diseases, and plan appropriate responses to their onset

Create child centered activities to promote conceptual understanding in children of self care in the areas of health, safety and nutrition

Define and discuss child abuse, identification of symptoms, and appropriate response to it

Identify and apply learning standards as they relate to child health, safety and nutrition: the Virginia Foundation Blocks, the Child Development Milestones, the Virginia Standards of Learning, and Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

VI. Evaluation


Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing or speaking assignment defined by the instructor.


Possible assignments include but are not limited to the following:

         Design a safety plan for a preschool or child care center

         Collect materials to share with parents concerning safety, food and nutrition, etc.

         Plan a weekly menu for a child care center

         Design learning materials to teach children about healthy nutrition

VII.    This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical thinking
Cultural and Social Understanding