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Connell, Final Project ECE 214

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Rebecca Connell

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Transcript of Connell, Final Project ECE 214

Working Towards the Goal -
Enhancing Nutrition, Health, and Safety in the Classroom

The health, nutrition, and safety of children is an important part of child development. Our center is dedicated to quality environments and learning and by enhancing these components of child development children can have optimal learning experiences. The strategies that have been implemented and the resources that have been provided for both parents and staff will facilitate effective learning for children both in the classroom and at home.
Good health in the early childhood classroom is needed to make certain that a child has the best opportunity to learn. In addition to being free of illness and injury, being a healthy child includes physical, oral, mental, and social-emotional well being (NAEYC, 2008).
Resources for Teachers
Resources for Parents
An obstacle teachers may encounter when it comes to health in the classroom is the rampant spreading of germs. Not taking the time to sanitize/disinfect surfaces and toys will cause children to become ill from the spread of germs. Sanitizing table tops and surfaces such as door knobs, keyboards, and sinks as well as the toys with which the children play is important when it comes to reducing illness and the spread of germs that can affect both children and teachers. In order to make certain daily sanitation takes place sanitation practices will be written into the daily schedule and a weekly sanitation schedule will followed as written by director.
What this component includes in the classroom:
Poor nutrition has negative effects on the way children learn and grow. By providing well balanced meals and snacks and introducing healthy new foods to children at school we will help them on their way to better learning and lifelong eating patterns. Additionally, with the subject of childhood obesity such a prominent issue these days, ensuring good nutrition and physical activity will encourage children to make healthy food choices and have fun moving. Engaging in family style meals promotes social-emotional development in children.
Resources for Teachers
Strategies to support nutrition in the classroom:
Resources for Parents
Picky eaters. Be patient with picky eaters. When a child is introduced to new food they may not eat it at first, in fact it may take up to 10 times of you introducing that food to them before they will eat it! Talk to the child about what they are eating – if you are having kiwi for the first time at lunch, maybe show the children what a kiwi fruit looks like, pass it around and let them feel it, then cut it open and show them what it looks like; then when they are served kiwi for lunch they are a little more excited to try it (Groark & Song, 2012).
What this component includes in the classroom:
Children need to have optimal learning experiences in an environment that is safe and free of hazards both inside and outside. Rooms should be inviting, they should be properly lit and ventilated and the temperature should be comfortable for children through all seasons of the year. The room should be set up in learning centers that are easily supervised and engaging. Outside areas should be easy to supervise, have age appropriate equipment and be properly enclosed. Providing a safe learning environment prevents injuries and facilitates effecting learning experiences for the children that we serve.
Resources for Teachers

Strategies to support safety in the classroom:
Daily health and safety checklists will be completed each morning prior to children’s arrival Some of the items on the checklist include: plugs covered, trash cans covered, fresh bleach solution, gloves, no broken toys/furnishings/equipment, no toxins in the room etc.
Resources for Parents
Working Towards the Goal - Enhancing Nutrition, Health and Safety in the Classroom
Rebecca Connell
ECE 214
Kristen Basinger
August 2, 2014
The purpose of this presentation is to provide you with some professional development training that demonstrates how we value health, nutrition, and safety in our early childhood education program including ways to enhance these practices in your classroom.
A child’s health and safety can directly impact how they learn. We want the children in our center to have the opportunity to learn to the best of their ability, therefore, we will not only provide educational learning experiences – we will also provide the opportunity for them to have learning experiences that will fulfill their needs in the areas of health, nutrition, and safety. This presentation will provide an explanation of what each component includes in the early childhood classroom, strategies that will support health and wellness in the classroom, resources that you can utilize in your planning and implementation, ways to support family engagement in the areas of health, nutrition, and safety, and obstacles you may face and how to deal with the challenge.
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. (2008). From Neurons To Neighborhoods. Washington DC: NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS.
This book focuses on how parents and teachers influence children's behavior.
This site has links to additional resources that provide information on children's mental, oral, nutritional, and overall health.
Even though this site is geared toward parents there is a lot of good information and ideas on this site. Explore this site!
Hand Washing
Tooth Brushing
Family Style Meals
Social-Emotional awareness
Physical Activity – outside time and indoor gross motor time if can’t go outside due to weather.
What this component includes in the classroom:
Strategies to support health and wellness in the classroom
It's in Spanish too!
The teacher will fill out a health history with the parent, this health history includes information regarding any allergies or special diets the child may have. Parents must provide documentation from the child’s physician for any allergies or special diets. If the child requires a special diet the nutritionist will look at the physician’s documentation and if needed speak with the physician then make changes to our menu as needed. This information will be shared with the parents and their input will be gathered as well. All staff will be notified of children having allergies or special diets.
Menus will be posted in each room and on the parent board. All of our menus and meals must comply with CACFP regulations. All of the daily food needs for children while in our care are met according to these standards: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/blocks2.pdf
Meals are well balanced and low in salt, sugar, and fat.
We will eat meals and snacks family style. Eating family style meals is a good opportunity to promote social-emotional development as well as encourage the children to try new foods. Be a good role model, even if you do not like a certain food put some on your plate and do not make faces or say things like “yuck” or “I can’t stand this” – children are watching and will imitate your actions (Groark & Song, 2012).
Do not force a child to eat but encourage them to taste each food that is on the table. And NEVER use food as a reward or punishment, either by forcing a child to eat it or by taking it away.
Emergency contact information that is no good. In today’s society it is not uncommon for a person to move, change jobs, change phone numbers, and change friends quite frequently. Therefore, it is imperative that we keep children’s emergency contact information up to date. In case of an emergency, injury, or illness we must be able to contact the child’s parents as soon as possible. There is a space on the sign-in sheet for parents to leave their contact number for the day; teachers will make certain this is filled out for each child that is signed in. For children who ride the bus, teachers will contact parents weekly to make sure we have the most current contact information.
Emergency information and contacts for children is up to date and easily accessible.
Age appropriate classroom setting, furnishings and equipment is set up where there are no tripping hazards. The room appears welcoming and inviting; not too busy.
Inspections will be kept current.
Fire drills will be done monthly and tornado drills quarterly.
Emergency preparedness plan is in place and is posted.
Hot water heater is kept at the correct temperature; no higher than 120 degrees.
Emergency lighting works.
First aid kit is kept well supplied.
Teachers are certified in CPR/First Aid.
Each of these topics will be a part of your daily schedule and activities will be implemented into lesson plans.
Safety activities will be implemented into the lesson plan and learning centers.
Nutrition activities will be implemented into the lesson plan and learning centers.
This page offers great tips for teaching kids healthy habits.
A printable coloring book that gives tips on keeping safe at home
This site offers dozens of printable newsletters about nutrition for parents with young children.
This is a good example of a self-assessment for child nutrition and physical activity in a child care setting
This site offers many ideas on nutritious or healthy lesson plans.
This newsletter specifically addresses eating out and how to eat healthy from fast food restaurants.

Articles and tips on a wide variety of safety issues such as bike safety, water safety, heat stroke, etc
http://kids.usa.gov/grown-ups/activities-and-worksheets/health-and-safety/index.shtml Links
Articles, activities, and ideas for kid's safety
This page offers first aid and safety ideas, articles, and activities
This is a sample of the health and safety checklist that will be used in classrooms and the center.
This link provides access to many newsletters for parents, one of which is safety and injury prevention for young children
Groark, C. J., & Song, L. A. (2012). Health and nutrition of children. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
National Association for the Education of Young Children. 2008. Overview of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Retrieved from: www.naeyc.org/academy
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