Challenging Behavior: Positive Guidance in Child Care

6 Clock Hours / 0.6 CEUs / $40.00

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Course Overview

Explore the art of managing children's challenging behavior while becoming an expert in positive guidance. Aimed at empowering childcare professionals, caregivers and educators, this popular course offers a deep dive into understanding and guiding challenging behaviors in infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Choose a course format (online or coursebook) to start this engaging and practical course. Get ready to learn positive guidance techniques that will promote a cooperative and harmonious learning environment!

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Challenging Behavior: Positive Guidance in Child Care
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Challenging Behavior: Positive Guidance in Child Care
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Through relevant content and real-life scenarios, you'll gain invaluable skills to foster a positive and nurturing "yes" environment for young children. Our course teaches you how to model appropriate behavior for children and prepare them for new situations. Moreover, discover the issues with using "time-out," and learn how to use "time-in" to help children develop self-regulation. 

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

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to describe the meaning and benefits of positive guidance; explain how positive guidance fulfills children’s needs and helps them reach their full potential; identify negative discipline techniques and how they affect young children; identify positive guidance techniques that help prevent challenging behaviors; describe positive guidance techniques that encourage cooperation; discuss positive guidance techniques that empower young children to resolve social conflicts appropriately; and explain how modeling appropriate behaviors and paying the right kind of attention provides children with positive guidance.

Ages addressed

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Topics covered

  • The meaning and benefits of positive guidance
  • Positive guidance for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Positive guidance for children with special needs
  • Positive guidance and self-regulation
  • Children’s needs
  • What children don’t need
  • Prevention is better than intervention
  • Preparing children for new situations
  • A “yes” environment
  • Making sure children know the rules
  • Giving meaningful choices
  • Understanding a child’s perspective
  • Getting along with others
  • Modeling behavior
  • The right kind of attention

Want to learn more? Read our blog: What is Wrong with Time-Out?


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

What our students say about Challenging Behavior: Positive Guidance in Child Care

“Thank you for reaching out with all of that helpful information. Everything went well with the online course I ordered. I had no trouble activating or maneuvering through the course. The course itself was very thorough and informative. I appreciate the valuable service you offer.” - San Antonio, Texas

"Everything was perfect for my course enrollment. I live in Quebec, Canada and every year, I am required to do 6 hours of professional improvement courses. Where I live, the courses are available in French only and that is how I started some courses through distance learning to have them in English. I am an Early Childhood Educator of 43 years and am quickly approaching retirement. I have enjoyed these courses as a “refresher” of what I have studied but have found that there definitely is a different approach to dealing with behavior. I will be able to apply this new knowledge in my last year on the work force. I thank you for all of the support and hope to see this type of distance learning continue. Early Childhood is an important career and our performance in the classroom is the foundation of each child’s future! - Quebec, Canada

"I recently completed the Challenging Behavior class. By far this is one of the best classes I have taken in 5 yrs. Agreed by another coworker. Pleased to note that the teachers I work with this year are in tune with the suggestions and teachings offered. Thank you." - Portland, Oregon

“This course will change how I work completely. I am recommending the courses to my staff, family, and friends. Also am thinking of other incentives for those who take your courses.” - 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.

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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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