Begin your childcare journey with First Steps in Child Care: An Orientation, a foundational course designed for new childcare providers, educators and teacher aides.
Discover appropriate techniques for supervising and interacting with young children of all ages. Moreover, learn the standards for workplace professionalism in early childhood settings and appropriate ways to interact with parents.
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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.
This course is accepted for annual state training requirements in most states, and for the CDA and for CDA renewal training requirements.
In Maryland, this course meets the requirements for preservice orientation for teacher aides.
This course applies to children of all ages including infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children.
After completing First Steps in Child Care: An Orientation you will be able to describe appropriate techniques for supervising and guiding young children in your care; identify components of professionalism in the workplace, including caregivers’ professional responsibilities to children, families, and coworkers; and describe ways to interact with parents that will create a positive experience for both the parents and their children.
Must be able to fluently read and write English.
Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.
"Thank you so much. Everything has arrived and we love the course. I have looked over the courses that you offer and we will be ordering more courses. We loved the fact that we could do it at our own pace and were able to do them during the daycare children's down time (napping) in the afternoon and not have to take time out from our families during the evenings or weekends. Thank you again." - Skowhegan, Maine
“I love how it had an audio/or read-yourself option. I love all the detailed information with examples to really make the points stand out.” - North East, Maryland
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. 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.
Please note: All course and certificate dates and times are on Eastern Time.