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Child Development and Guidance

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs

Child Development and Guidance Child Care Course

Child Development and Guidance Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Learn the typical developmental characteristics of children from birth to 6 years of age, techniques of positive guidance, how to use daily routines and schedules to meet children's developmental needs, manage transitions with ease, plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum, and promote children's development through interesting activities. 

Learning Outcomes: After completing Child Development and Guidance you will be able to explain basic principles of children’s development; describe how young children develop in each developmental domain; explain the importance of nutrition for children’s development; explain the importance of opportunity for children’s development; and identify strategies for recognizing and reporting developmental delays and disabilities. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
CDG-23N9 Online Course English202.0 $57.00

Please note: This course is only available in the online format. The CourseBook format of this course is currently unavailable. Please email to be notified when the CourseBook is back in stock.

Attention Nevada Students: This course fulfills your Child Development/Guidance and Discipline training requirement.

Attention Massachusetts Student: The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care currently accepts Child Development and Guidance to meet the full 3-credit Child Growth and Development requirement for infant-toddler and preschool Teachers and Lead Teachers (MA Executive Order COVID-19 Order No. 36 allows EEC to modify Educator Qualification regulations).

Topics Covered in Child Development and Guidance:

  • How children develop
  • Typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) and needs of infants (birth to 12 months), toddlers (1 year to 2½ years), preschoolers (2½ to 5), and transition (5 to 6 years)
  • Ways caregivers can meet the needs of infants and toddlers
  • Checklists for use in assessing the developmental progress of individual children
  • Positive guidance Why children need guidance
  • The meaning of terms relating to guiding children's behavior
  • Techniques of positive guidance
  • Ways to help children develop a positive self-concept, and strategies for dealing with disruptive, non-compliant, and aggressive behaviors
  • Routines, schedules, and transitions between activities
  • Elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood programs
  • Why routines are important for children's development
  • Typical routines for children's days at an early childhood facility
  • Reasons why transitions are often troublesome Ideas for ensuring pleasant transitions that contribute to children's development and learning
  • Ways to promote child development through activities
  • The meaning of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning
  • Goals for young children's development
  • Strategies to promote child development
  • How to develop and use lesson plans
  • Ways to create developmentally appropriate learning environments
  • Suggestions for selecting toys and play equipment to meet children's needs

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Child Development and Guidance:

Everything so far has been great with my online course order. I like the layout of the course, it is very easy to use. - British Columbia, Canada

Everything went so smoothly with the download. I completed my work and mailed in the test yesterday. Love the amount of great information and the flexibility of working at home with my busy schedule. Thanks. - Dallas, Texas

Hi and thank you for the follow up email regarding the Care Course I have begun.  So far I have no questions, but want you to know that I am really enjoying the course on Child Development and Guidance.  I am already looking forward to the next one that I will be taking.  Thank you for setting up such a user friendly and informative system of continuing education.  I really appreciate it! - Damascus, Maryland

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Care Courses currently offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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