HUS 2541  Working with Families in the Early Childhood Period credits: 3

This course addresses three important issues of early childhood: health, development, and parenting. The depth of developmental knowledge provided is intended to enhance the skills of the family health and support worker, to increase their ability to provide anticipatory guidance and teaching and to empower the parent-child relationship. Common health problems of infancy and early childhood that affect normal development are discussed along with important health promotion and disease prevention strategies for creating a safe and nurturing environment for the child. Additional topics will include social, environmental and biological influences and factors that collectively impede or facilitate individual and family development, the major periods and domains of child development from birth to five, the importance of early learning experiences that enhance brain development, and the characteristics and importance of parent-child interactions as well as cultural and social influences that affect parenting skills.