Child Development and Guidance

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs / $60.00

Child Development and Guidance Child Care Training Course

Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Learn the typical developmental characteristics of children from birth to 6 years of age, techniques of positive guidance, how to use daily routines and schedules to meet children's developmental needs, manage transitions with ease, plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum, and promote children's development through interesting activities.

See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

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. Read more.

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Attention Massachusetts Students: This course is approved by Massachusetts EEC to meet the full 3-college-credit requirement in child growth and development for hiring assistant teachers, teachers, and lead teachers. This 3-college-credit training requirement is the same as Category of Study 1: Child Growth and Development, Birth through Eight Years.

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

Attention Canada Students: 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.

Topics Covered in Child Development and Guidance:

  • 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

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 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

"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

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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