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Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children: Promoting Wellness, 3rd Edition
Accessible, relevant, and comprehensive, this book gives early childhood educators practical help for ensuring that all children attain wellness and are ready for success in school. Included are concrete examples, real-life case scenarios, and questions that provide understanding of the interrelationships among nutrition, health, and safety to share with children and their families in a variety of child care settings.
KEY TOPICS: Promoting wellness; your role in children’s wellness; promoting good nutrition; foundations of optimal nutrition; the science of nutrition; feeding infants; feeding toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children; menu planning; food safety; promoting healthful practices; creating a climate of health and wellness; health screening and assessment; managing infectious disease; teaching children with special health care needs; children’s mental health; promoting safety; enhancing safety through appropriate environments; promoting safe practices, through effective classroom management; child abuse and neglect; managing emergencies
MARKET: Early childhood educators in family child care, child care centers, preschools, and elementary settings.
This is an exciting and innovative time to be an early childhood educator. There is widespread and enthusiastic confirmation that early childhood professionals play a crucial role in children’s early education and development by helping to establish the foundations of wellness to support young children now and in the future.
With this strong support for the value of the early years comes a call to make high-quality care and education accessible to all children. Teachers are expected to learn and use teaching strategies that will help all children attain wellness and be ready for success in school, and more than ever before, early childhood teachers are held accountable for children’s progress in learning. It is a time of innovation
and evolution. new to this edition
• Fully digital text format is now available for use with face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes, extending the nutrition, health, and safety message to future teachers. The Pearson Enhanced eText is the only ebook to include:
• Check Your Understanding quizzes have been added to follow each chapter section. Students can link to an electronic multiple choice or short answer quiz to check their understanding of important topics. Students receive immediate feedback, allowing them to review the material before moving on, which helps ensure that learning outcomes are achieved.
• End-of-Chapter Quizzes connect students to multiple choice questions that measure their understanding of the chapter’s learning outcomes. Immediate feedback clarifies the correct response and includes a brief rationale to help students understand important concepts.
• Videos are included again with this edition, but the variety is expanded.
• Chapters have been streamlined, revised, and rearranged to provide a better flow of topics and information, enhancing instruction and improving student understanding. Chapters 15 and 16 (from the second edition) have been switched to present child abuse and neglect within the context of safety promotion and to complete the study of wellness with the exploration of emergency management and response.
• Terminology used to explore nutrition concepts is more accessible for students. New nutrition guidelines, including the Institute of Medicine 2010
guidelines for vitamin D, are discussed. References are more current to reflect current evidence-based practices for feeding young children. A01_SORT6764_03_SE_FM.indd 7 19/10/15 5:05 PM
• Discussion of health practices is enhanced for relevance to teachers, including aspects of health screenings, descriptions of common infectious diseases, and classroom management strategies to improve health and wellness for children with special health care needs. In addition, a focus on social and emotional health in early childhood adds to the overall message of attaining mental health and wellness.
• Safety chapters have been revised to improve clarity and reduce redundancy. Basic first aid procedures are ordered in a user-friendly fashion. Recognition of the many forms of violence that children experience are discussed, and strategies are offered to help teachers address these negative experiences through compassionate and empowering classroom practices.
• New content. In this third edition of Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children, you are invited to explore the wide range of challenges that teachers of young children face today, including the following:
• An increasingly diverse population of young learners.
• More identified food allergies.
• Concern about childhood obesity.
• Increasing numbers of children who are not immunized against disease.
• Children with special health care needs being served in classrooms.
• New kinds of threats to children’s safety.
• Emergency management planning.
• Increased awareness of the need to develop healthy environments and use sustainable practices in early childhood settings. This edition explores these challenges by helping students understand the
interrelationships among nutrition, health, and safety and discover strategies to share their knowledge with children and their families. Scope and Purpose of This Book
This practical text provides today’s students with a comprehensive understanding of the nutrition, health, and safety needs of young children from birth into school age. In-text examples, case scenarios, and questions promote thinking about professional situations and give students a glimpse into the everyday contemporary classroom environment. These concrete illustrations and common examples prepare teachers to serve diverse populations of young children in family child care, child care centers, preschools, and elementary school settings.
The intention is to provide students with a strong understanding of wellness concepts, equipping them to implement healthful practices and teach young children ways to contribute to their own wellness. These skills emerge a