19.0700 - Child & Custodial Care Services

Technical Standards

I. Competency Goal 1 – To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment

B. Functional Area 2 (Healthy) – Candidate promotes good health and nutrition and provides an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness.

1. Learns about good nutrition for children from 3 through 5 years old and provides age-appropriate, nutritious meals and snacks. While respecting family customs and habits, the caregiver shares nutrition information with parents and encourages them to provide healthy foods when they contribute food to the center.

2. Conducts activities in a positive, relaxed, and pleasant atmosphere to reduce tension and stress.

3. Washes hands after toileting a child, and before food preparation and eating.

4. Attends to each child's physical needs, such as toileting, eating, exercising, and napping.

5. Provides affection for all children.

6. Provides adequate ventilation and lighting, comfortable room temperatures, and good sanitation.

7. Makes sure play areas and materials are cleaned daily.

8. Establishes procedures for care of sick children; for example, isolating a child with a contagious illness from well children, contacting parents and medical providers, and administering medicine.

9. Helps children develop basic health habits.

10. Keeps handy current emergency telephone numbers for each child's parent(s), nearest relative, and medical providers.

11. Communicates frequently with parents about children's health, nutrition, commu­nicable diseases and medications, and cooperates with parents and health special­ists.

12. Follows center procedures for maintaining health records and administering medication and first aid and cooperates with health and nutrition staff.

13. Establishes a relaxed mealtime routine that makes eating pleasant for each child.

14. Limits sugar, salt, processed foods, unnecessary chemical additives, and artificial coloring and flavoring in meals and snacks and encourages parents to do the same.

15. Informs parents about health resources, such as physicians or community clinics, that provide services to families in their primary language.

16. Recognizes symptoms of possible abuse and neglect and is alert to play or behavior that indicates physical or sexual abuse. If physical or sexual abuse is suspected, the competent Candidate seeks out resources for information and support, follows state law in response. The Candidate responds sensitively to child's and family's needs, and cooperates in carrying out treatment plans.

17. Uses role playing, modeling, visual material, and real objects to teach healthy physical, mental, dental, and nutritional practices.

18. Plans health care and educational activities that integrate health and nutrition information from the children's cultures with medically accepted health and nutrition practices.

19. Supports children in developing self-help skills in eating, to toileting, washing hands, tooth-brushing, etc.

20. Understands children's explorations, concerns, and curiosities about their own and others' bodies and responds with information at their level; for example, explaining the physical differences between boys and girls matter-of-factly in simple terms.

21. Includes children in food preparation and provides other nutrition education activities for children.

22. Provides opportunities for children to learn about health care by talking about visits to the doctor and dentist, reading books, and encouraging pretend play about health care.

23. Recognizes unusual behavior and physical symptoms in children and encourages parents to obtain appropriate treatment.

24. Works cooperatively with health professionals and parents to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

25. Recognizes the signs of a health crisis that children with special needs may have and responds appropriately (e.g., seizures).

26. Provides written health information for parents (e.g., notices about immuniza­tions) in both languages.

27. Utilizes cultural values and practices in providing health and nutritional education.


2 Health Practices

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