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Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care

8 Clock Hours / 0.8 CEUs

Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care

Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care Course Description: 

This introductory course provides an overview of information that adults should understand before working with young children. 

This course covers developmental stages, age appropriate activities for children, positive guidance and discipline, fostering children’s self-esteem, health and safety practices, positive interaction with children, supervision, and detection and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care you will be able to identify techniques to facilitate young children’s motor, cognitive, and language development; explain the relationship between motor development and cognitive development; and describe the stages of young children's cognitive development Read more.



Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
GBE-13N9 CourseBook English80.8 $44.00
GBE-23N9 Online Course English80.8 $44.00

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

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


Topics Covered in

Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care:

  • Typical physical growth patterns of young children 
  • Ways to facilitate children's motor development
  • The relationship between motor development and cognitive development in young children
  • The stages of young children's cognitive development
  • How young children learn
  • The adult's role in children's learning and development
  • Ways to help young children learn, including healthful eating practices, disease control, sanitation practices, safe space and equipment, safety practices, recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect, and helping children who have been abused and neglected
  • Guidelines for handling accidents and injuries
  • Fire safety precautions

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 Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care:

So far I really enjoy this course and I have learned so much more to go along with all of my experience. - Upper Marlboro, Maryland


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Care Courses currently offers over 30 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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