Preschoolers in Child Care

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs / $60.00

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Course Description

This course applies to preschoolers.

This comprehensive and informative course covers the physical, cognitive, language, and social–emotional development of 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. You will learn typical characteristics and needs of children at each age level, the role of play in children's learning, and ways to facilitate children's optimum development in all domains. This course covers ways to keep children safe and healthy.

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

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Preschoolers in Child Care
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Preschoolers in Child Care
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component and testing) and our fully online format. Click here to learn more about our training formats.


This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.

  • Nevada: This course fulfills the Child Development/Guidance and Discipline training requirement.

Learning outcomes

After completing Preschoolers in Child Care you will be able to describe typical physical growth patterns of young children; explain the four phases of motor development; describe skills, functions and traits of the brain; and describe aspects of typical perceptual and motor skill development for young children; and much more! Click here to view all of the learning outcomes for this course.

Topics covered

  • Typical physical growth patterns of young children 
  • The four phases of motor development 
  • Typical motor skill levels for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • The importance of optimum motor development during the preschool years
  • Ways to facilitate young children's optimum motor development
  • What cognitive development means 
  • Typical cognitive abilities of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds
  • Ways to help young children learn various concepts
  • Typical language development levels of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds
  • Ways to facilitate children's language development
  • The role of play in children's learning 
  • Creative ways to enrich children's play experiences to facilitate cognitive development
  • Typical emotional development characteristics of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • How temperament influences children's behavior 
  • Ways to meet children's emotional needs 
  • Ways to help fearful children 
  • Sources of children's frustration 
  • Ways to minimize frustration in children's environment 
  • Strategies to help children deal with frustration 
  • How choices help children learn responsibility 
  • Typical social development levels of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds 
  • Pro-social behaviors that preschoolers need to learn 
  • Strategies for helping children understand other people's feelings
  • Strategies for helping children learn pro-social skills
  • Strategies for helping children be successful in social interactions 
  • Ways to protect young children's health and meet their nutritional needs 
  • Ways to help ensure young children's safety


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 Preschoolers in Child Care

"Thank you! The courses came in much sooner then I expected. Which was a blessing and the staff talked about how much they learned from each lesson they studied." - Klamath Falls, Oregon

"Thank you very much for your kind assistance and support during my time of studies with shipments, promptly responding to my calls, questions and mailing my certificates and transcripts. Your support was greatly appreciated and encouraging. I do look forward in continuing to further my studies in the teaching field of education for children." - Lakeland, Florida

"Thank you so much for the chance to get my CDA Infants and Toddlers and now I am working on Preschoolers. I have really enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot. Thanks again for making it so obtainable." - Crystal Lake, Illinois

"I loved downloading the course as it gave me time to read in my spare time. I could pick a time when it was quiet, and I have the course on hand when I want to go back and reread it if I want. Thank you for offering these [The Early Childhood Professional and Preschoolers in Child Care] online." - Baxter Springs, Kansas

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 40 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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