This module aims to provide an introduction to the study of child health and well-being for students of early childhood. The module will seek to explore the biological, socio-cultural, environmental and economic determinants of early child health, supported by the disciplines of psychology, sociology, biology and medicine. Initially the module aims to facilitate in students an understanding of the normal biological processes associated with foetal, neonatal and infant health, in an environmental, social and cultural context.
The module offers the potential for a multi-level analysis of child health and illness, based on an understanding of the child that encompasses cultural, social and biological aspects of development. Within this context an ability to meet and promote the child’s health and safety needs will be developed.
The child’s understanding of health and illness will be examined and the importance of listening to the child within all aspects of care will explore a uniquely holistic approach to child health.