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Creating Schedules and Routines

4 Clock Hours / 0.4 CEUs / $30.00

Creating Schedules and Routines

Course Description: 

This course applies to children of all ages. 

Learn how to use schedules to manage your days with young children more efficiently and how to ensure that arrival, toileting, clean-up, mealtime, circle time, resting and sleeping, dressing, and departure routines contribute to children's positive development, and learn how to help children prepare and adjust to changes in their routines. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Creating Schedules and Routines you will be able to describe what a schedule is, how it benefits caregivers and children, and strategies for creating a schedule for an early childhood program; list the reasons why routines are important in children’s lives; identify strategies for turning routines into enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences; explain the importance of creating a successful circle time experience for children.

[Please note: Much of the material in this course also appears in Lesson 5 of the 20-clock-hour course Child Development and Guidance. If you are interested in a longer course that includes this subject, you may wish to take this 20-hour course.]

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
CSR-13N9 CourseBook English40.4 $30.00
CSR-23R9 Online Course English40.4 $30.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Topics Covered in Creating Schedules and Routines

  • Planning schedules for early childhood programs 
  • Sample schedules 
  • The importance of routines for young children's development
  • Ways to make young children's arrival, toileting, clean-up, eating, circle time, resting and sleeping, dressing and undressing, and departure routines meaningful and enjoyable
  • Ways to help children prepare for changes in their routines
  • The importance of routines for children with special 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 quiz and written assignments.

Comments on Creating Schedules and Routines:

Your courses help me to remember and utilize the basics but they also help put things in perspective. This course in particular has been good because I am a little bit on the disorganized side. The sample schedules are going to help me create a great schedule. - Opelika, Alabama

Everything went very well. I received my certificate [Creating Schedules and Routines] and was very happy to see that I did well on the quizzes. I believe that the fact that the courses are so well put together and so easy to follow made it possible for me to follow and do well. Thank you for allowing me (a busy wife and mom) to take care of my course obligations in the convenience of my home through Care Courses. - Wyandanch, New York

Completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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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.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.

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