This course provides an introduction to health and safety requirements and responsibilities for individuals working in early childhood programs. Health, nutrition, and safety policies, procedures, and practices are studied. Students will meet state health and safety licensing requirements for child care employees.
Students become familiar with various types of early childhood programs and the career opportunities they provide. The history of early childhood is introduced as well as current trends and quality program criteria. Concepts for providing developmentally appropriate practices are introduced.
The student will study the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children with the focus on the preschool period from ages three through five. The course emphasis will be on applying the theories and research of child development to practices and procedures used when working with young children in an early childhood program.