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Understanding Children

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs / $60.00

Understanding Children

Understanding Children Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

An excellent overview child development course, if you have not taken a distance-learning course before, this would be an excellent choice. This course includes sections devoted to the developmental states of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and a separate section specifically on children in child care. Learn what children need to be happy and secure; ways to create appropriate learning environments and meet the needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers; and fun activities for each age group such as nature experiences, learning science attitudes, outdoor play and an in-depth section on dramatic play. Includes a section on toilet learning. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Understanding Children you will be able to explain the importance of your attitude toward the children in your care; describe what qualities make a healthy, happy person; list strategies to help children build a positive self-image; list strategies to help children develop cooperation and learn new skills; describe the importance of providing positive guidance; and identify policies to help new children get off to a good start at your early childhood facility. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
UCH-23NL9 Online Course English202.0 $60.00

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

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

Topics Covered in Understanding Children: 
  • The importance of adult caregivers and teachers in children's learning and development
  • Ways to help children build a positive self-image
  • Ways to develop cooperation in children
  • Ways to teach children new skills
  • Techniques of positive guidance
  • Ways to help new children get off to a good start at an early childhood facility
  • The special needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Ways in which caregivers can meet the special needs of children in each age group
  • Activities that children in each age group enjoy
  • Ways to help young children develop self-control
  • Ways to deal with tantrums
  • Ways to prevent children's frustration and aggressive behavior
  • Effective toilet training techniques
  • Language development techniques
  • The role of self-directed play in helping children develop self-esteem and self-discipline
  • Techniques for promoting children's self-directed play
  • Techniques for helping children engage in dramatic play
  • The steps children may go through in becoming involved in story re-enactment
  • Ways to adapt stories for re-enactment to the needs of young children
  • Stories that are appropriate for re-enactment 
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 Understanding Children:

This home course is terrific. What a time savings it is. After work I don’t have the energy to attend school. This is wonderful. Thank God for Care Courses.   – Monticello, Georgia

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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