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North Idaho College • Internet • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Child Development

Child Health and Safety CHD-110 - 02 &03

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01 & 02 Merged
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/25/2012 to 12/15/2012
  • Modified 08/29/2012

This syllabus is for merged sections 02 & 03 (not 01 & 02!!!)

Contact Information

Instructor: Kathleen Miller Green

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, #112 Children's Center & Online
  • Monday, Wednesday, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, #112 Children's Center

Meeting Times

The first week of this semester, the course will be "open" to you by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27th, and will "close" at midnight on Friday, August 31st (short week).

All other weeks of the semester, you will be able to open each week's new lectures, discussions & assignments on Saturday mornings at 6:00 a.m. (PST) through this NIC online classroom.  All assignments, discussions and postings will be due each week on Friday night by midnight (PST).  The next week's information will then be available the next morning (Saturday @ 6:00 a.m.). 

This format will allow you to contact me and get advice, or problem-solve issues with the material before they are due.


This course introduces the student to essentials in creating a safe and healthy environment for young children, birth to age eight, both typically and atypically developing. Students will explore both the indoor and outdoor environment of group settings from infancy through the early elementary years. Topics of study include how to promote health and nutrition in the classroom, prevent illnesses and reduce injuries, and create mentally healthy environments. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Safety, Nutrition and Health in Early Education

  • Author: Cathie Robertson
  • Publisher: Wadsworth/Cenage
  • Edition: 4th
  • ISBN: ISBN-13:978-0-495-80794-0
  • Availability: NIC bookstore (, book swap, online booksellers


CHD 110 Learning Goals and Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
Acquire basic knowledge of facts and terms as they relate to health, safety and nutrition for young children.
o Students will participate in weekly lectures and discussions on topics of health, safety and nutrition as it applies to young children in group settings.
o Students will complete course activities, such as word search, puzzles, and learning games and assignments that relates to health, safety and nutrition.
o Students will pass all quizzes and exams.
Demonstrate the ability to integrate information and ideas about safety, health and nutrition as it relates to early childhood settings.
o Students will complete a health, safety, and sanitation analysis of an early childhood environment
o Students will complete a 3-day dietary analysis, create menus and lesson plans on nutrition, and prepare a healthy meal component to share during class.
o Students will prepare an individual presentation on a health topic, a nutrition topic and a safety topic.
Strengthen research and technology skills
o Students will utilize the computer to find related information effectively.
o Using multiple community sources, students will collect items for their professional resource file.
o Students will bring in relevant information from outside sources for class.
Encourage participation and teamwork of self and others
o Students will participate in weekly discussion
o Students will have opportunities in this course for group work


Each weeks regular work is worth 100 points. Here is a break-down on a typical week’s assignments you will have and what their point value is…


WEEKLY DISCUSSIONS/PARTICIPATION…1 or 2 discussion topic(s) worth a total of 40 points each week

For the each discussion topic, you will receive points for your main response to the discussion topic. Also for each topic, you must also respond to at least two other student’s posts, which are worth points each. You can post responses to as many students as you want, but two is the minimum.


I do not participate in the discussions.  I have found that this tends to cause me to be the “lead” in the discussions and I don’t want that.  But I do read every discussion post!  I will act as “judge and jury”.  If students post vulgar, offensive or judgmental comments I will be sure to intervene!    Also – posts that resemble “Yeah, great post!” will not be counted as an actual discussion…your postings need to have substance and meaning!


Discussions are important, and are worth 40% of your weekly points, so be sure to do them!


WEEKLY PAPER and/or ASSIGNMENT1-3 worth a total of 60 points each week

Papers will be on topics that I will want you to investigate further. Sometimes this will involve writing a research paper and sometimes it will be a reflective paper, asking for your personal views or experiences

Assignments may be as simple as finding a community resource, viewing health/safety/nutrition websites, or finding web sources on a given topic.  Sometimes I will post a “mini lecture” and will ask you to answer a few questions about the reading.   Sometimes I may ask you to define key terms from a chapter. There may be a creative assignment or two, as well. I like to vary these to keep the class interesting!   

THREE EXAMS…worth 150 points each

We will also have three exams in this class, one each at the end of the units on Safety, Nutrition and Health.  You can use your notes and textbook to take the exam, but each exam will be time-limited, based on when you log into the exam,  so be prepared by reviewing your notes and reading the assigned chapters in the book prior to logging on to take an exam.  Once the time designated for the test is over, the test will automatically submit to me. 


Grades for this course will be determined by 1) weekly assignment completion. 2) weekly discussion threads & 3) three (3) Unit Exams (Health, Nutrition & Safety).  Each week of the semester, you will have 100 points of assignments (60 pts) and discussion posts (40 pts) to complete .  Each Unit Exam is worth 150 points.

Expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on classwork and discussions, and an additional hour per week on required reading.

Exams will be online and timed from the moment the test is opened.  Each student will have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the test, at which time the test will automatically "submit", so be prepared by having read your book, organized your notes and be sure you have a secure connection (e.g. don't try to take the test during a thunderstorm!).


Final grades will be assigned based on several factors, including 1) full discussion forum participation, 2) assignment completion, and 3) successful completion of three Unit Exams (Safety, Nutrition & Health).  Grades are earned based on 100 points available each week, and 150 points for each Exam. 

Grade Breakdown

90-100% = A

80-89% = B

72-79% = C

65-71% = D

64% and Lower = F

Course Policies

Outside Class Settings

  •  This course centers around early childhood settings.  If you are not familiar with early childhood, it may benefit you to visit or observe in a school or early childhood setting. If you are not currently working in a school or early childhood program, you will need to plan time to visit one.   The NIC Children's Center is a nationally accredited program, and students are able to use the observation rooms to get an "insiders view" of what an early childhood classroom looks like.  Talk to me if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.


This Course Outline is an estimate of where the class will be at any point in time during the Semester.  As an estimate, it is subject to change and/or modification.  Check with the instructor for any changes to the outline.

Week 1:  August 27-31st  

o      Getting acquainted & class introduction

o      Taking a holistic, ecological approach to health, nutrition and child safety

o      Major goals for high quality health, safety and nutrition in child care

Reading assignment for next week:  Chapters 1 & 2


Week 2:  September 1-7th (Labor Day week)              

o      Safety policies and injury prevention

o      Environmental Safety

o      Indoor Safety

o      Toys and equipment

o      Poison, fire and burns

Reading assignment for next week:  Chapters 3 & 4


Week 3:  September 8-14th  

o      Playground hazards and equipment

o      Traffic and transportation

o      Car Seat Safety

o      Water safety

Reading assignment for next week:  Chapter 5


Week 4:  September 15-21st

  • Safety Policies for Emergency Response

o      Disaster preparedness

o      Basic CPR & First Aid knowledge

Reading assignment: Chapter 14 


Week 5:  September 22-28th  

o      Indicators of abuse

o      Preventive and protective measures

o      Reporting child abuse

Reading assignment: Chapter 15


Week 6:  September 29-October 5th    

o      Children with Disabilities/Inclusion

o      Inclusion of children with disabilities

o      IFSP, IEP and the ADA

o      Safety Exam Review

Reading assignment:  Review Chapters 1-5, 14 & 15


Week 7:  October 6-12th        


o      Basic nutrients

o      Food labels

o      Food Pyramid

Reading assignment for next week: Chapter 6 & 7


Week 8:  October 13-19th

o      Hunger, Food Insecurity & Malnutrition

o      Obesity

o      Physical Activity and Exercise

Reading assignment for next week: Chapter 8


Week 9:  October 20-26th

o      Infant feeding: breast milk and/or formula

o      Introducing foods to infants and toddlers

o      Preschool and school-age eating habits

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 9


Week 10:  October 27-November 2nd  

o      Meal components

o      Food programs

o      Food safety

o      Allergies and other special eating issues

o      Nutrition Exam Review

Review Chapters 6-9 on Nutrition.


Week 11:  November 3-9th       


o      Present Food Journal Summary and Recommendations

o      Introduce Health policies and Records

Reading Assignment for next week:  Chapter 10


Week 12:  November 10-16th    

o      Assessing and recording children’s health

o      Staff health

o      Promoting good physical and mental health

Reading assignment: Chapter 11 


Week 13: November 17-23rd (Thanksgiving Week!!)

o      Policies for Infection Control

o      Mechanisms of Infectious Disease Spread

o      Immunizations

o      Universal Sanitary Practices

o      Environmental Quality Control

Reading assignment: Chapter 12


Week 14:  November 24-30th

o      Identifying infectious disease

o      Managing infectious disease

o      Care for mildly ill children

o      Children with chronic illnesses

o      Optimizing health

o      Special issues: AIDS, chronic illness, and stressors

Reading assignment: Chapter 13  


Week 15:  December 1-7th  

  • Oral Health

o      SIDS

o      Shaken Baby Syndrome

o      Baby Bottle Mouth

o      Health Exam Review

Review Chapters 10-13


Week 16 (Week before NIC Finals Week) December 8-14th  



Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.