Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care

8 Clock Hours / 0.8 CEUs / $46.00

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Course Description

This introductory course is for those who are new to the early childhood field.

This course covers developmental stages, age-appropriate activities for children, positive guidance techniques, and health and safety practices. In this course you will learn ways to build children’s self-esteem, how to support children’s learning and development, and about the detection and reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care
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Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care
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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.

Acceptance information

This course is accepted for annual state training requirements in most states, and for the CDA and for CDA renewal training requirements.

In Nevada this course fulfills the child development/guidance and discipline training requirement.

In Texas this course is part of the 24 clock hour pre-service training training required for all new caregivers [§746.1305]. This course meets the initial eight clock hours of pre-service training that must be completed before the caregiver may be counted in the child/caregiver ratio.

Learning outcomes

After completing Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care you will be able to identify techniques to facilitate young children’s physical, cognitive, and language development; describe the stages of young children’s cognitive development; select appropriate learning activities for young children; and describe the ways in which children’s motor skills develop. Click here to see all of the learning outcomes for this course.

Topics covered

  • Typical physical growth patterns of young children 
  • Ways to facilitate children's physical development
  • The stages of young children's cognitive development
  • How young children learn
  • The adult's role in children's learning and development
  • Ways to keep young children safe and healthy, including healthful eating practices, disease control, sanitation practices, safe space and equipment, safety practices, recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect, and helping children who have been abused and neglected
  • Guidelines for handling accidents and injuries
  • Fire safety precautions


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 Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care

"So far I really enjoy this course and I have learned so much more to go along with all of my experience." - Upper Marlboro, 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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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.

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