Health and Nutrition (Workshop)

Home/ Health and Nutrition (Workshop)
Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC1061

Semester and Year Offered: Semester-1, Monsoon 2017

Course Coordinator and Team: Fariha Siddiqui, Dr Sunita Singh and Sheetal Nagpal

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites None


The specific objectives of the course are to help students:

  • get hands on experience for their development as entrepreneurs of early childhood centres
  • be sensitive to the early childhood setting and with all children
  • develop skills for becoming a professional
  • plan diet menus for children with varied needs
  • Know skills and strategies related to care of the babies
  • Understand issues pertaining to disability and nutritional interventions

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of skills and attitudes for their development as entrepreneurs of early childhood centres
  • Describe and analyse early childhood setting and prepare themselves for working with all children
  • Develop skills for becoming a professional
  • Explain ways of bathing babies
  • Prepare and feed young children
  • Soothe children while crying
  • describe the growth patterns from infancy to middle childhood years
  • explain different nutritional interventions as per the special needs of differently-abled children

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Workshop 3.     Health and Nutrition in Early years (1 credit)

These workshops will be linked to the course “Health and Nutrition in Early years”. In first set of workshops, the students will understand about various environmental factors influencing health and wellbeing of children, nutritional status of children in India, reasons of malnutrition, signs and symptoms of various nutritional deficiency disorders, and government policies and programmes for children’s health and nutrition. The workshops will also focus on factors influencing emotional health and wellbeing of children. The students will learn to assess children’s health status and do their growth monitoring by using various simple anthropometric methods.

The next set of workshops will focus on meal planning and preparing cyclic menus for children from infancy upto the age of 8 years in a day care centre. They will also learn skills related to preparing nutritious meals and their dosages for young children. They will learn to make recipes for infants, preschool age children, older children and for children with nutritional deficiencies, illnesses, disabilities and sick children.

Assessment type



Short assignment



Report on sessions attended



Class participation and attendance



Suggested readings:

  1. Reynolds Center. (2014). Early childhood education: entrepreneurial opportunity? National Centre for BusinessJournalism. Retrieved from:
  2. Todd Grindal& Dana Charles McCoy. (September 17, 2016). Social Entrepreneurs Offer
  3. New Thinking on Old Challenges in Early Childhood.The Huffington Post.Retrieved from:
  4. Bassett, M. M. (1995). Infant and Child Care Skills.Delmar Publications.292 p.
  5. Armstrong, V.J. (2012). First Aid for Babies and Children Fast. Dorling Kindersley.
  6. Clement, I. Clement (2013). Textbook on First Aid and Emergency Nursing.Jaypee Brothers Publishers,
  7. Santosh, S. (2011).Baby & Child Care.Unicorn Books.
  8. Stoppard, M. (2008).New Babycare. DK Publishing.
  9. Baby Centre.Baby. Retrieved 10 March, 2017 from https://