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Care Courses offers distance-learning courses for child care providers and parents. Use our childcare professional development clock hours for most US States continuing education inservice requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All our professional development courses give both Clock Hours and IACET CEUs.

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Let's Play Outdoors

10 Clock Hours / 1.0 CEU / $50.00

Let's Play Outdoors

Let's Play Outdoors Course Description:

This course applies to children of all ages. 

Learn ways to create an exciting outdoor classroom that will support children's social, emotional, intellectual, language, and physical development. Suggests numerous wonderful educational activities for outdoor fun, including music and movement, gardening, playgrounds and innovative ideas such as sunflower play-scapes and butterfly gardens. Includes a list of all-time favorite outdoor ideas as well as a helpful playground evaluation tool. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Let's Play Outdoors you will be able to explain the importance of experiences in nature for children's development; identify strategies that promote children’s social and emotional well-being and foster language, literacy and science understanding through connections with nature; and identify ways to incorporate music and movement into outdoor play. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
LPO-23NL9 Online Course English101.0 $50.00

Please note: This course is available in the Online Course format.

NAC: The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential.

Topics Covered in Let's Play Outdoors
  • The connection between the design of children's outdoor play spaces and their use of these spaces 
  • Using natural materials in children's outdoor play space 
  • Ways that connections with nature promote children's social and emotional well-being and foster language, literacy, and science understanding 
  • Using outdoor spaces for music and movement activities
  • Designing exciting outdoor play spaces
  • Evaluating outdoor play spaces
  • Meeting the outdoor play needs of school-age children 

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 Let's Play Outdoors:

I actually just finished the "Let's Play Outdoors" Care Course and sent it out on Monday.  I loved it! I'm very excited to use the information from the articles to create a more dynamic outdoor environment for my school.  Thank you for offering such an affordable manner in which to continue developing professional.  With work and family obligations, it is not always easy to juggle it all.  I will certainly be taking another Care course in the near future. - Pennington, New Jersey

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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