Learning Outcomes for Managing Health and Safety in Child Care

Lesson 1: A Healthy Environment

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • explain the importance of natural light and noise control for children’s health;
  • identify sources of environmental toxins and explain why these toxins are harmful to humans and especially to children;
  • identify ways to minimize children’s exposure to toxins and prevent poisoning accidents.

Lesson 2: Nutrition, Fitness, and Food Safety

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • explain the importance of good nutrition, the negatives of poor nutrition, and the importance of exercise;
  • identify toxins and additives in food and explain their negative health effects and ways to avoid them;
  • explain safe food handling procedures and identify problems that are caused by unsafe food handling procedures.

Lesson 3: Disease, Sanitation, and Allergies

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • identify infectious communicable diseases that affect children, symptoms of these diseases, ways these diseases can be spread, appropriate responses to the presence of communicable diseases among children in your program, and the role of vaccines in preventing these diseases;
  • identify ways to control the spread of communicable diseases;
  • describe requirements for receiving, handling, administering, and documenting the administration of medication to children in your program;
  • describe a healthy and safe diaper changing method;
  • identify typical allergens, typical reactions to allergens, appropriate responses in the event of a child’s allergic reaction, and ways to avoid children’s exposure to allergens while in your care.

Lesson 4: A Safe Environment

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to

  • explain the importance of supervision and safe spaces for children’s safety;
  • identify special precautions for infant and toddler toys and equipment;
  • identify several risk factors of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS);
  • describe guidelines for handling accidents and injuries, and key elements of vehicle and fire safety;
  • describe steps to take in the event of an emergency.

Lesson 5: Adverse Childhood Experiences

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to

  • explain the definition and long-term consequences of adverse childhood experiences and how to meet the needs of children who are experiencing them;
  • describe how to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to appropriate authorities;
  • identify strategies for children to protect themselves and ways to support children who are abused and neglected;
  • describe strategies you can use to support and strengthen families facing challenges.

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