Safety, Health, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
Jennifer Paris, College of the Canyons
Copyright Year: 2018
Publisher: College of the Canyons
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This book is the most comprehensive one that I have found. It covers every aspect of safety, health, and nutrition as it relates to children from birth to 8 years old. It covers topics that are overlooked, or not as emphasized, in other textbooks,... read more
This book is the most comprehensive one that I have found. It covers every aspect of safety, health, and nutrition as it relates to children from birth to 8 years old. It covers topics that are overlooked, or not as emphasized, in other textbooks, such as car seat safety, using technology and media safely, what to look for on labels of art supplies to identify whether or not they have passed a toxicology review, taking into consideration developmental milestones and how they impact children's behaviors, reasons why toddlers bite, diagram explaining why the safest sleeping position for an infant is on his back, and feeding children who have special needs.
Facts are accurate, and current. The resources used are current and up to date.
The book has covered the objectives needed for an early childhood program. It will be easy to add up dates as needed. At this particular time, the only thing I can think of to add is information about COVID-19. The only reason I would choose not to use this book is that it is specific to the licensing regulations in California, which is overseen by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services. Since I am an instructor in South Carolina, I would need to revise each section in every chapter that correlates to licensing regulations to correlate to the specific licensing regulations provided by The Division of Early Care and Education through the Department of Social Services in South Carolina.
This book is easy to read and understand. Students will not have any trouble comprehending the content. It is easy to understand how to put the safety, health and nutritional information into practice in a variety of child care settings.
The terminology used is not only consistent, it is also current and relevant for today's society and student.
This book is easy to breakdown into sections for class reading and homework assignments. It will be easy to include in an online format, such as D2L, because it is already divided into short chapters.
I would recommend that the Table of Contents have a Section V: Appendix A-P The Appendix is currently included in Section IV: Nutrition Throughout the book, some of the references to the Appendix aren't worded consistently with the title of the document. For example: Page 102 refers to "checklists" in Appendix E, however, there is only one checklist. Page 232 refers the reader to Appendix J for more information on illnesses, however, it should refer the reader to Appendix M. Page 243 refers the reader to Appendix K, however, it should refer the reader to Appendix J. There are other examples like these that need to be revised.
No interface issues noticed.
No grammatical errors noticed.
The text is culturally sensitive. The pictures and examples used, as well as the relevant content provided throughout the book, show diversity with respect to races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. The book is sensitive to using "people first" language and recognizes that what constitutes a family is going to be different for each child. Some examples include: Chapter 7 highlights the culture of sleep, referring to the ways and places that people sleep. Some people sleep inside, outside, in beds, on hammocks, on mats, on the floor, alone, with children, only at night, etc. This chapter also highlights that Developmental Screening Tools need to be culturally sensitive. Chapter 11 highlights that culture influences every aspect of human development, including mental health. Chapter 15 highlights that menu planning needs to take into consideration cultural and religious beliefs.
The special features included throughout the book are especially helpful. These features are easily identifiable through the use of color-coded "callout boxes" containing symbols. They include: Licensing Regulations Pin It! Pause to Reflect Important Information Quotes Engaging Families In the Classroom Resources for Further Exploration I highly recommend this book if you are an instructor in California. If you are an instructor in any other state, you will need to make revisions that reflect your particular state licensing regulations.
Table of Contents
Section I: Introduction
- Chapter 1: Children’s Well-Being and Early Childhood Education
Section II: Safety
- Chapter 2: Preventing Injury & Protecting Children’s Safety
- Chapter 3: Creating Safe Indoor Environments
- Chapter 4: Creating Safe Outdoor Environments
- Chapter 5: Caring for Minor Injuries and Preparing for and Managing Emergencies
- Chapter 6: Child Maltreatment
Section III: Health
- Chapter 7: Promoting Good Health & Wellness
- Chapter 8: Prevention of Illness
- Chapter 9: Supportive Health Care
- Chapter 10: Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Chapter 11: Children’s Mental Health
Section IV: Nutrition
- Chapter 12: Basic Nutrition for Children
- Chapter 13: Protecting Good Nutrition and Physical Wellness
- Chapter 14: Providing Good Nutrition
- Chapter 15: Menu Planning and Food Safety
About the Book
Early childhood is a critical time in development. Many outcomes, both positive and negative, have their beginnings in these years. It is vital that children’s health and safety be protected. High-quality early care and education programs can play a valuable role in improving outcomes
About the Contributors
Jennifer Paris is a full-time faculty member of the Early Childhood Education Department. She previously taught Child Development courses as an adjunct for Rio Hondo College in Whittier for 11 years, MiraCosta College in Oceanside for 6 years, and Cerritos College in Norwalk for 3 years. Her special interests include OER (open educational resources) and online teaching. She has cared for and taught children of all ages and had experiences throughout her schooling in campus Child Development lab schools.