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Preschoolers in Child Care

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs

Preschoolers in Child Care

Preschoolers in Child Care Course Description:

This course applies to preschoolers. 

This course covers the physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds. You will learn typical characteristics and needs of children at each age level, the role of play in children's learning, and ways to facilitate children's optimum development in all domains and keep children safe and healthy. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Preschoolers in Child Care you will be able to describe typical physical growth patterns of young children; explain the four phases of motor development; describe skills, functions and traits of the brain; and describe aspects of typical perceptual and motor skill development for young children. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
PCC-13N9 CourseBook English202.0 $57.00
PCC-23N9 Online Course English202.0 $57.00

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: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

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

Topics Covered in Preschoolers in Child Care: 

  • Typical physical growth patterns of young children 
  • The four phases of motor development 
  • Typical motor skill levels for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • The importance of optimum motor development during the preschool years 
  • Ways to facilitate young children's optimum motor development 
  • What cognitive development means 
  • Typical cognitive abilities of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • Ways to help young children learn various concepts 
  • Typical language development levels of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • Ways to facilitate children's language development 
  • The role of play in children's learning 
  • Creative ways to enrich children's play experiences to facilitate cognitive development 
  • Typical emotional development characteristics of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • How temperament influences children's behavior 
  • Ways to meet children's emotional needs 
  • Ways to help fearful children 
  • Sources of children's frustration 
  • Ways to minimize frustration in children's environment 
  • Strategies to help children deal with frustration 
  • How choices help children learn responsibility 
  • Typical social development levels of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • Pro-social behaviors that preschoolers need to learn 
  • Strategies for helping children understand other people's feelings 
  • Strategies for helping children learn pro-social skills 
  • Strategies for helping children be successful in social interactions 
  • Ways to protect young children's health and meet their nutritional needs 
  • Ways to help ensure young children's safety

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 Preschoolers in Child Care:

Thank you! The courses [Preschoolers in Child Care and Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities] came in much sooner then I expected. Which was a blessing and the staff talked about how much they learned from each lesson they studied. - Klamath Falls, Oregon

Thank you so much for the chance to get my CDA Infants and Toddlers and now I am working on Preschoolers. I have really enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot. Thanks again for making it so obtainable. - Crystal Lake, Illinois

I loved downloading the course as it gave me time to read in my spare time. I could pick a time when it was quiet, and I have the course on hand when I want to go back and reread it if I want. Thank you for offering these [Early Childhood Professional, Preschoolers in Child Care, and Mixed-Age Groups] online. - Baxter Springs, Kansas

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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.

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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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