Playing Outdoors

1 Clock Hour / 0.1 CEU / Free!

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Course Description

This course applies to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Playing Outdoors is a free online childcare training course with certificate. This course is also offered in Spanish.

Do you want to know how to optimize your outdoor play environment and ignite children’s passion for outdoor play? Explore the exciting possibilities that the great outdoors has to offer with this free online childcare training course.

This short introductory course covers fun outdoor activities to try with children, outdoor equipment and arrangements that promote learning, and how to take indoor activities outside. Learn how outdoor play benefits children’s physical and mental health while encouraging curiosity and fun. One of our most popular courses, this one is a lot of fun!

This course is also an excellent introduction to Care Courses, and will help you understand our online system and course process. Normally $12.00, this course is currently free. 

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Playing Outdoors
Online Course - English
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Course formats

Most Care Courses are offered in both book (with online component) and fully online format. Playing Outdoors is offered only in our fully online format. This course includes audio narration in most course sections.

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Once your order is complete, you should receive an enrollment code email within 2-10 minutes via email. Use this enrollment code to activate your course within the "My Courses" area of your online Care Courses account.

Acceptance information

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

Information on specific states:

  • Maryland: This course grants one hour of elective training.
  • Minnesota: This course is not accepted by MNCPD.
  • Oklahoma: This course grants one hour of informal credit.

Learning outcomes

After completing Playing Outdoors, you will be able to explain the benefits of outdoor play and recognize outdoor environments and activities that encourage exploration.

Topics Covered in Playing Outdoors

  • Benefits of play
  • Benefits of outdoor play
  • Outdoor play year-round
  • Outdoor activities
  • Outdoor play with infants
  • Outdoor environments
  • Outdoor water and sand play
  • Outdoor gardening

Want to learn more? Read our blog about play: "The Benefits of Play in Early Childhood"


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.

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.

Care Courses information

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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. 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.

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. 

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