Health, Safety, and Nutrition
About this Competency
This competency area addresses the knowledge and skills early childhood educators are expected to have to support children's physical, emotional, and mental health. The competency area was written with the understanding that early childhood educators will comply with the relevant sections of the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, that impact Community Care Licensing in California. A key concept in this competency area is that children's health encompasses overall fitness and well-being; it is not simply the absence of illness or injury. Equally important is the acknowledgment that children’s health is related to family functioning as well as the sociocultural context and physical environment in which children live. The emphasis, therefore, is on a relationship-based approach to supporting child and family well-being rather than on policies and regulations. This section includes competencies related to promotion and prevention, such as following sound health and safety practices, providing nutritious meals and snacks, and offering several periods of outdoor play each day. It also includes interventions, such as emergency response and administration of medication. At all levels of this competency area, early childhood educators are expected to consider the ways in which families' diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds may be incorporated into practices related to health, safety, and nutrition.
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Consider the Child's Point of View
Seek Multiple Perspectives
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