Child Development and Guidance

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs / $60.00

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Course Overview

Unlock the secrets of early childhood development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers!

Delve into the fascinating journey of early childhood development in our comprehensive course, specifically tailored for childcare professionals. This course offers an in-depth exploration of the crucial developmental milestones children experience from birth through six years of age.

Choose a course format (online or coursebook) to start your journey toward enhancing child development with confidence and expertise. Our course, rich in insights and strategies, is your key to unlocking the full potential of early childhood education.

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Discover effective positive guidance techniques and learn to masterfully use daily routines and schedules to support the evolving developmental needs of young children. Our curriculum guides you through managing transitions smoothly, ensuring a nurturing and responsive environment for every child. Gain practical skills in designing and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Through a blend of theory and practical activities, you'll learn how to foster children's growth and development.

Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for the National CDA and for CDA renewal training requirements. It is also accepted for child care state training in most states.

This course fulfills the following particular requirements.

  • British Columbia: This course is accepted for British Columbia's 20-hour Responsible Adult Child Care Training Requirement, which requires 20 hours of training in child development, guidance, health and safety, or nutrition.
  • Massachusetts: This 20-hour (2.0 CEU) course is approved by Massachusetts EEC as a temporary waiver to meet the child growth and development requirement for hiring assistant teachers, teachers, and lead teachers. This course meets the requirements of Category of Study 1: Child Growth and Development, Birth through Eight Years. Completing this course, in addition to the required work experience, allows teachers to start work without completing 3 college credits in Category of Study 1. After completing this course, teachers must complete 3 college credits in Category of Study 1 within 6 months of their hire date. 
  • Nevada: This course fulfills the Nevada child development/guidance and discipline training requirement.

Ages addressed

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Learning outcomes

After completing Child Development and Guidance you will be able to explain basic principles of children’s development; describe the milestones that indicate different stages in each developmental domain; explain the importance of nutrition for children’s development; explain the importance of opportunity for children’s development and the lack of opportunity as a risk factor for developmental delays; and identify strategies for recognizing and reporting the characteristics associated with developmental delays and developmental disabilities. Click to read all of the learning outcomes for this course.

Topics covered

  • How children develop
  • Typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) and needs of infants (birth to 12 months), toddlers (1 year to 2½ years), preschoolers (2½ to 5), and school age (5 to 6 years)
  • Ways caregivers can meet the needs of infants and toddlers
  • Checklists for use in assessing the developmental progress of individual children
  • Positive guidance
  • Why children need guidance
  • The meaning of terms relating to guiding children's behavior
  • Techniques of positive guidance
  • Ways to help children develop a positive self-concept, and strategies for dealing with disruptive, non-compliant, and aggressive behaviors
  • Routines, schedules, and transitions between activities
  • Elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood programs
  • Why routines are important for children's development
  • Typical routines for children's days at an early childhood program
  • Reasons why transitions are often troublesome
  • Ideas for ensuring pleasant transitions that contribute to children's development and learning
  • Ways to promote child development through activities
  • The meaning of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning
  • Goals for young children's development
  • Strategies to promote child development
  • How to develop and use lesson plans
  • Ways to create developmentally appropriate learning environments
  • Suggestions for selecting toys and play equipment to meet children's needs


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.

What our students say about Child Development and Guidance

"Just want to let you know that Care Courses [Child Development and Guidance, Toddlers in Child Care, Principles of Child Development and Learning and Infants in Child Care] is great!!! I get my books mailed to me in a timely manner and the instructions are very thorough and easy to understand!! You guys are the best!" - Middlesex, New Jersey

"I absolutely love the fact that I’m able to study and complete things in my own time and work around my hectic work schedule. COVID-19 has been such a difficult time and after already spending so much money on trying to take online college classes this was such a relief to be able to pay for a course without feeling like I was selling my soul. I feel like I can actually be successful." - Lynn, Massachusetts

"Everything so far has been great with my online course order. I like the layout of the course, it is very easy to use." - British Columbia, Canada

"Everything went so smoothly with the download. I completed my work and mailed in the test yesterday. Love the amount of great information and the flexibility of working at home with my busy schedule. Thanks." - Dallas, Texas

"This course [Child Development and Guidance] was thorough and very helpful. The material was very well organized! I am eager to utilize the countless ideas I’ve learnt. I am excited to share this knowledge with future colleagues!" - Danvers, Massachusetts

"I was extremely impressed with the course Child Development and Guidance! I will definitely be using your online courses in the future! Useful information available to me when it works with my schedule. Thank you!" - Walworth, New York

"Hi and thank you for the follow up email regarding the Care Course I have begun.  So far I have no questions, but want you to know that I am really enjoying the course on Child Development and Guidance.  I am already looking forward to the next one that I will be taking.  Thank you for setting up such a user friendly and informative system of continuing education.  I really appreciate it!" - Damascus, Maryland

"Everything is going great. The training is very informative and I am learning a lot. Thank you so very much for this opportunity and for the availability of the training I am renewing my CDA so this has been crucial because I needed 23 hours of training. Thanks again." - Wilmington, Delaware

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 50 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. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at We will review your course and be in touch.

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