Healthy environments are critical for preschoolers’ development. In this course you will learn how to create and maintain healthy environments for all preschoolers, and how to implement hygiene practices to prevent disease. You will learn strategies to ensure daily healthy checks, as well as strategies to support children’s and families’ mental health needs. The importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity will also be addressed.
Staying Healthy: Healthy Environments
Following your program’s health-related policies will help keep you and the children in your care healthy and safe. Being proactive is your best course of action when it comes to health and safety. This lesson focuses on how you can clean, sanitize, and disinfect to prevent the spread of disease.
Staying Healthy: Proper Hygiene
The most important part of your job is to keep children safe and healthy. Hand hygiene is a simple way to prevent the spread of disease. You can encourage and model healthy habits like handwashing for young children. This lesson focuses on proper handwashing techniques for adults and children. It also addresses healthy habits and general hygiene practices for responding to children with colds, cuts and scrapes, and children who are bleeding.
Staying Healthy: Toileting
Many germs and bacteria are spread in the restroom. This lesson focuses on ways of using and teaching hygiene practices for toileting. It includes a description of how to handle accidents and how to follow toileting procedures as required by your program.
Staying Healthy: Daily Health Checks
Children’s health can change quickly. Daily health checks are an important tool to help you identify sick or injured children. This lesson will help you understand the importance of daily health checks and how to conduct them. It will also help you recognize symptoms of common childhood illnesses. After completing this lesson, you should understand and follow your program’s exclusion and readmission policy.
Staying Healthy: Nutrition and Physical Activity
Good nutrition and physical activity are important aspects of good health. Proper exercise and a healthful diet can prevent obesity and some chronic illnesses. You can play an important role to help encourage and model healthy habits for preschool children. This lesson helps you understand portion control, meal components, food safety, and ways to promote lifelong physical fitness.
Staying Healthy: Mental Health Needs
Children and families often deal with stressful situations that put their mental health at risk. Deployment is a reality for many military families. It affects the well-being and mental health of children and families. This lesson helps you support children and families dealing with stressful life events.
Staying Healthy: Special Health Needs
It is important for you to be aware of each child’s individual health needs. Some children will enter your care with chronic conditions, such as asthma. Others may have allergies. This lesson will help you understand how to communicate about and care for children with special health needs.