Module Title:Child Health and Wellbeing
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lecture Presentations Class Discussions Co-operative Learning Case studies Self directed Independent Learning
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to explore the concept of child health and wellbeing for children, in partnership with their parents.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Evaluate the concept of holistic health and wellbeing.
LO2 Identify the key principles of health protection and prevention of illness when working with children and apply these to practice setting.
LO3 Express detailed knowledge of the care of children with common childhood infections / conditions & disabilites.
LO4 Demonstrate the importance of safeguarding children.
LO5 Examine the health and safety legislation for children and ECEC practitioners
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: Holistic health and well-being.
Exploration of the concept of holistic health for a child/ family(Healthy Ireland 2013) Rights of a child to a healthy lifestyle. Inequalities in health. Determinants of health for children/families. Introduction to health promotion and the role of the ECEC practitioner in partnership with parents / multidisciplinary team in health promotion with reference to theme of well-being –AISTEAR. Incorporating health promotion into the curriculum/programme of activities for children (Siolta 2006).
Topic: Health protection and prevention of ill health.
Explore concept of health protection and prevention. Chain of Infection. Policies to reduce the transmission of disease. Developing self-management skills in children /establishing routines regarding hygiene. Link to National standards for pre-school services (Department of Health and Children, 2010). Childhood Immunisation schedule / infectious diseases prevented by immunisations. Role of practitioner in care of child post immunisation.
Topic: Care of the unwell child
Recognising the unwell child. General signs and symptoms of acute illness in babies and children. Introduction to skills of observation (physical behavioural) Temperature management. Febrile convulsion in children.The needs of the sick child Principles of caring for the sick child (pre-school guidelines 2006) Medications - Methods of administration and storage and record keeping.
Topic: Care required - specific illnesses/ disabilities/ conditions.
INFECTIONS: Infections of Nervous System/ Respiratory Tract, Infection of Eye, Ear, Throat. Infections of the Gastro-intestinal Tract Infections of the Blood in including HIV and Aids. Infections of the Skin and hair. CHILDHOOD CONDITIONS e.g. Asthma /Hay fever and Eczema. Child with Epilepsy. Child with Diabetes mellitus (type1). Child with Sickle cell anaemia .Increasing awareness re-mental health disorders in children. DISABILITIES Child with Spina bifida. Child with Cerebral palsy. Child with down syndrome. Visual and hearing impairments in children. The effects of illness on children and families.
Topic: Topic: Safeguarding children and practitioners in early years
CHILDREN: Child protection and welfare in line with national guidance on the protection and welfare of children(2011) . Factors which predispose children to unintentional injury. Unintentional injury prevention in home environment and ECEC setting. Reporting and recording unintentional injuries in an early years setting. Link to the national standards for Pre-school services (Department of Health and children, 2010). PRACTITIONERS:Safety, Health and Welfare Act 2005 (No. 10 of 2005) Fire safety. Safe working environment for staff. Occupational stress. The work place as a health promotion setting.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project /paper /In Class test/ On line testing 1,2 40.00 n/a
Project Individual or Team Project /Essay/ Presentations 3,4,5 60.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50