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Early Childhood, Health and Food

Code: 102005 ECTS Credits: 4
Degree Type Year Semester
2500797 Early Childhood Education FB 3 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Ferran Estebaranz i Sanchez

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Nuria Armentano Oller
Amanda Ramos Reche


Not applicable.

Objectives and Contextualisation

The subject of “Childhood Health and Food” is important for the training of graduates in Early Childhood Education, and their future professional activities

The objectives of the course are:

• To learn the basic issues on nutrition safety for children

• To understand how to conduct a correct health education since the earliest years of the childhood

• To understand the basic principles of nutrition and food safety

• To improve understanding on general organization of the human body


  • Accept that the exercise of the teaching function must be refined and adapted lifelong to scientific, educational and social changes.
  • Collaborate with specialized professionals to solve these problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of the basics of children’s dietetics and hygiene.
  • Detect emotional, nutritional and wellness needs that hinder the proper physical and mental development of pupils.
  • Guide parents regarding family education in the 0-6 period.
  • Identifying disorders in sleep, feeding, psychomotor development, attention and auditory and visual perception.
  • Learn the basic principles of healthy development and behaviour.
  • Maintain a respectful attitude for the environment (natural, social and cultural) to promote values, behaviours and practices that address gender equality, equity and respect for human rights.
  • Respect the diversity and plurality of ideas, people and situations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Being aware of the constant renewal of scientific knowledge related to health, and understanding the importance of permanent updating and continuous training.
  2. Detect emotional, nutritional and wellness needs that hinder the proper physical and mental development of pupils.
  3. Identifying disorders in sleep, feeding, psychomotor development, attention and auditory and visual perception.
  4. Know and understand human diversity, and the mechanisms that generate it.
  5. Know the basic principles of nutrition and the composition of a balanced diet.
  6. Know the main habits to maintain good children’s health.
  7. Know the resources and networks that exist to establish partnerships between health professionals and educators.
  8. Learn the basic principles of human physiology, including child growth and development and human diversity.
  9. Learn the basics of healthy eating.
  10. Understand that certain individual attitudes can have effects on the health of the people around us and foster responsible practices.
  11. Understand that promoting health in children includes the whole family.


Basic principles of human physiology. Human diversity. Child development. Hearing and vision. Developmental delay.

Basic principles of nutrition. Nutrients classification. Caloric needs. Healthy diet. Nutritional disorders: undernutrition, obesity, metabolic syndrome, dental caries.

Main health disorders during childhood. Psychomotor disorders and sleep disorders.

Good personal hygiene. Disease prevention.


The protagonist in the process of learning is the student and is under this premise that methodology of the subject is proposed.


The planning of the subject is in face-to-face teaching mode. However, our teaching approach and assessment procedures may be altered if public health authorities impose new restrictions on public gatherings for COVID-19


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Seminars 10 0.4 10, 6, 8, 7, 4, 2, 1
face-to-face teaching 20 0.8 10, 6, 8, 7, 4, 2, 1
Type: Supervised      
Academic tutoring 15 0.6 10, 6, 8, 7, 4, 2, 1
Evaluation 5 0.2 10, 6, 8, 7, 4, 2, 1
Type: Autonomous      
student's autonomous work 50 2 10, 6, 8, 7, 4, 2, 1


To pass the course, a minimum average grade of 5 must be obtained.

In this note, the average mark of the controls (written and individual) will be considered if it is equal or higher than 4 (to be considered for the final average mark of the exams, the minimum mark of each control must be 4). Two controls will be made; the first on the 6th of April 2021 and the second one, the 9th of June of 2021. On the 16th of June, there will be a recovery control for the students who have suspended or have not submitted to one of the two controls.

There will be 10 hours of seminars throughout the course. Although the work methodology in each one of them can be individual or in a group, a final document must be submitted for its individual evaluation. The average of the activities derived from the seminars must reach 4 to be considered for the final average grade of the subject.ç
Seminar 1: Work and individual delivery.
											Seminar 2: Group work and delivery.
											Seminar 3: Work and individual delivery.
											Seminar 4: Work and individual delivery.
											Seminar 5: Work and individual delivery.
											Seminars 6-7: Group work and delivery.
											Seminar 8: Group work and delivery.
											Seminar 9: Work and individual or group delivery.
											Seminar 10: Work and individual delivery.

For the compendium of the activities done, only the evidence presented during the period indicated by the professor will be considered. For this evidences no recovery is possible.

To pass this subject, it is necessary that good communicative competence is shown in the vehicular language indicated in this document.

Class attendance is mandatory: the student must attend at least 80% of classes (both theory and seminars), otherwise it will be considered as “absent”. The same qualification will be obtained if the student does not perform any of the two partial examinations.

Obtained scores will be published in a period with a maximum limit of three weeks, at the same time scores will be published a period of ten days for revision will start.

The activities in the classroom will be given throughout the semester and will be returned in a period not exceeding three weeks. Tasks will be preferentially delivered by using the online mechanism of the Virtual Campus.

During the evaluation of controls, the copy will result in the qualification of a zero in the activity. In the case of recidivism, the whole course will be considered as failed.

During the evaluation of the autonomous activities, the copying or plagiarism of material constitutes a serious infraction, that will result in a qualification of zero. In case of recidivism, the whole course will be considered as failed.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Compendium of the activities carried out during face-to-face teaching 50% 0 0 10, 6, 8, 5, 7, 4, 9, 2, 11, 3, 1
Examination of the firts part of the subject 25% 0 0 6, 8, 5, 4, 9, 2, 3
Examination of the seconfd part of the subject 25% 0 0 6, 8, 5, 4, 9, 2, 3


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