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Teaching Illness Prevention to Young Children - Learning Course (HI04 - LC)

Keeping children healthy is a crucial part of the child care provider’s daily routine. Child care providers teach children lifelong skills, including those that will help them avoid spreading germs such as washing hands and covering coughs. Young children can and should learn to share in the responsibility of keeping themselves and others healthy. This course will serve to encourage child care providers to engage children in learning about germs and staying healthy. It will also give some helpful ideas on how to communicate the topic to children in simple and creative ways.
  • STARS Credit Notice
  • Important Course Information
  • Helpful Hints
  • 1 Course Overview
  • 2 Introduction
  • 3 Methods for Teaching about Germs
  • Be Creative
  • Ideas submitted by other child care providers
  • 4 What are Germs
  • 5 How Do Germs Get Into Our Bodies
  • 6 How Germs Spread
  • 7 Germs Spread through Air
  • Video - The Sneeze: How Germs Spread
  • 8 Germs Spread through Contact
  • 9 Germs Spread through Feces
  • 10 Germs Spread through Vectors
  • Putting it into Practice
  • 11 Conclusion
  • Resources
  • Consultation Opportunity - Teaching Children
  • Teaching Illness Prevention Final Test
  • Optional Discussion Board
  • Stay Connected
  • Optional STARS Credit
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Optional STARS Credit"