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Early childhood child care training can be fun, interesting, and relevant to your daily work and experience! We've been offering professional development classes for over 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.


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The Magic of Play

12 Clock Hours / 1.2 CEUs

The Magic of Play
The Magic of Play Course Description:

This course applies to children of all ages. 

One of our most enjoyable courses, The Magic of Play explores the role of play in children's learning and development as well as ways to create and manage a play-based early childhood program. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered. Enjoy!

Learning Outcomes: After completing The Magic of Play you will be able to identify the role of play in children's development ; describe what play is; and explain the relationship between play and learning. Read More.



Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursTraditional CEUsQuantityTuition 
MOP-13N9 CourseBook English121.2 $50.00
MOP-23N9 Online Course English121.2 $50.00

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

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, MinnesotaMissouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New YorkOregon, Vermont, Washington State and Wisconsin

Attention New York Students: Check here for New York specific clock hours for this course.


Topics Covered in The Magic of Play:
  • The role of play in children's development 
  • The relationship between play and learning 
  • What a "learning-through-play" early childhood environment looks like
  • Ways to motivate children effectively 
  • Ways to support imaginative, creative play for all children, including those with disabilities 
  • Ways to encourage children's resourcefulness and creativity 
  • Ways to encourage and support event-based play 
  • Ways to enrich block play 
  • The role of active and rough and tumble play 
  • Ways to plan for play in a playground 
  • The importance of play in the adult's life 
  • Ways to create a meaningful play environment for children of different cultures
  • Strategies for managing common play challenges
Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read English.

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

Assessment methods: Final Lesson Multiple Choice Quizzes.

Student comments on The Magic of Play:

"I really enjoyed this course...and will definitely contact you again for future courses...this was very interesting and very informative." - Otsego, Michigan


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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The 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 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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