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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Child Development

Child Health and Safety CHD-110

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/26/2012 to 12/21/2012
  • Modified 08/24/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Kathleen Miller Green

Office Hours

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

Meeting Times

This class will meet each Monday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Meyer Health/Science Building, Room 117.


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


Required Materials

Required Text:  Safety, Nutrition and Health in Early Education by Cathie Robertson; 4th edition.  ISBN:1-4283-5293-7

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) candidates must obtain or have access to a copy of The Child Development Associate Assessment System and Competency Standards for 1) Family Child Care Providers, 2) Preschool Caregivers in Center-based Programs, or 3) Infant/Toddler Caregivers in Center-based Programs.  (Limited “on loan” copies available from instructor).  Available through


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.
Students will participate in weekly lectures and discussions on topics of health, safety and nutrition as it applies to young children in group settings.
Students will complete course activities, such as word search, puzzles, and learning games and assignments that relates to health, safety and nutrition.
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.
Students will complete a health, safety, and sanitation analysis of an early childhood environment
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.
Students will prepare an individual presentation on a health topic, a nutrition topic and a safety topic.
Strengthen research and technology skills
Students will utilize the computer to find related information effectively.
Using multiple community sources, students will collect items for their professional resource file.
Students will bring in relevant information from outside sources for class.
Encourage participation and teamwork of self and others
Students will participate in weekly discussion
Students will have opportunities in this course for group work


In addition to attendance, class activities and discussions, there will be weekly class assignments and three unit exams over Health, Safety and Nutrition.


90 - 100% = A

80 - 89% = B

73 - 79% = C

65 - 72% = D

64% and below =  F


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 27th

  • Getting acquainted & class introduction
  • Taking a holistic, ecological approach to health, nutrition and child safety
  • Major goals for high quality health, safety and nutrition in child care

Reading assignment:  Chapters 1 & 2


Week 2:  September 10th

  • Safety policies and injury prevention
  • Environmental Safety
  • Indoor Safety
  • Toys and equipment
  • Poison, fire and burns

Reading assignment:  Chapters 3 & 4


 Week 3:  September 17th 

  • Playground hazards and equipment
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Water safety

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 5


Week 4:  September 24th

  • Safety Policies for Emergency Response
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Basic CPR & First Aid knowledge

Reading assignment: Chapter 14 


Week 5:  October 1st 

  • Indicators of abuse
  • Preventive and protective measures
  • Reporting child abuse

Reading assignment: Chapter 15


Week 6:  October 8th

  • Children with Disabilities/Inclusion
  • Inclusion of children with disabilities
  • IFSP, IEP and the ADA
  • Safety Exam Review

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


Week 7:  October 15th


  • Basic nutrients
  • Food labels
  • Food Pyramid

Reading assignment: Chapter 6 & 7


Week 8:  October 22nd

  • Hunger, Food Insecurity & Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity and Exercise

Reading assignment: Chapter 8


Week 9:  October 29th

  • Infant feeding: breast milk and/or formula
  • Introducing foods to infants and toddlers
  • Preschool and school-age eating habits

Assignment: 3-day Food Journal

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 9


Week 10:  November 5th

  • Meal components
  • Food programs
  • Food safety
  • Allergies and other special eating issues
  • Nutrition Exam Review

Review Chapters 6-9 on Nutrition.


Week 11:  November 12th

  • Present Food Journal Summary and Recommendations


  • Introduce Health policies and Records

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 10


Week 12:  November 19th

  • Assessing and recording children’s health
  • Staff health
  • Promoting good physical and mental health

Reading assignment: Chapter 11 


Week 13:  November 26th

  • Policies for Infection Control
  • Mechanisms of Infectious Disease Spread
  • Immunizations
  • Universal Sanitary Practices
  • Environmental Quality Control

Reading assignment: Chapter 12


Week 14:  December 3

  • Identifying infectious disease
  • Managing infectious disease
  • Care for mildly ill children
  • Children with chronic illnesses
  • Optimizing health
  • Special issues: AIDS, chronic illness, and stressors

Reading assignment: Chapter 13  


Week 15:  December 10th

Oral Health

  • SIDS
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Baby Bottle Mouth
  • Health Exam Review

Review Chapters 10-13


Week 16 – Finals Week:  December 17-20th - Date TBA


Additional Items

Policy on Texting, Phone Use and Laptop Use during Classroom Lecture

In order to maximize the learning environment, and reduce unnecessary distractions, the use of cell phones, PDA's, text messaging, or internet (not associated with class content or activities) is not permitted at any time during the class period.  If you need to be available for emergencies, please place phone on vibrate, and leave the classroom to take the call.  Students using electronic devices to take notes in the class or to participate in class activities is acceptable.  Surfing the net, and work not related to class activities is not allowed during class time.  Students violating these policy will be asked to shut off their electronic devices and/or leave the classroom.

Instructor Use of Anti-Plagarism Software

I reserve the right to have students submit papers and assignments to an ANGEL drop-box which will check student work for possible plagarism, both of published work and of past assignments turned in for this class.  Be aware of this policy...your work must be original!  Violations of NIC's plagarism policy will be treated seriously and may result in explusion from the course or the institution.  Information on plagarism and approved modes of citing resources are available at the Writing Center, your advisor, or course instructor.

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 for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

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, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 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.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.