Online Child Care Training Program Curriculum

Our unique, integrated child care training program contains comprehensive online lessons developed by practicing experts and includes a one-year membership in the Canadian Child Care Federation. You'll learn real-world skills for use on the job in various child care settings.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Early Childhood Education  

Defining early childhood education; understanding the importance of early interactions, experiences, and developmental milestones; identifying the different roles and positions available to educators in the early childhood field; describing the role of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in early childhood education programs.

Lesson 3: Safe and Healthy Environments  

The importance of health and safety; potential safety hazards in indoor classrooms as well as outdoor play areas; steps to maintain the safety of the educator as well as the children; steps to be taken in the event of an emergency; safety practices to employ while planning and conducting field trips; accommodations when caring for children with special needs; the importance of protecting and promoting the health and well-being of children, staff, and their families; universal precautions and other safety habits; the importance of good nutrition; the signs and symptoms of illness and disease.

Lesson 4: Developmentally Appropriate Environments  

Why childcare providers should provide developmentally appropriate learning environments that meet the needs of both the children and the adults that care for them; age-appropriate activities for children in different developmental categories, as well as activities that enhance self-esteem and promote positive feelings toward learning; transition activities that avoid known problem times during the program day; the purpose of learning centers and active play areas within the classroom space.

Lesson 5: Past, Present, and Future  

Research into the lasting benefits of early childhood education; different types of childcare and preschool programs and the age groups these programs are designed to serve; important individuals and key theories that have influenced early childhood education; trends, movements, and laws that have shaped early childhood education.

Lesson 6: Developmentally Appropriate Practices  

The characteristics of human growth and development; the principles and guidelines of developmentally appropriate practice as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); principles of practice derived from theories of learning and development and how these principles inform decisions about effective practice; the role of play in children's development and learning and how teachers support play; how an intentional teacher supports a child's growth and development.

Lesson 7: Celebrating Diversity  

How teachers adapt curriculum to meet the needs of individual learners at various learning levels; how teachers can create a culturally sensitive curriculum; the factors that influence the personal development and individual needs of each child.

Lesson 8: Children and Their Families  

Modern family structures and the role of the family in child development; elements that promote effective partnerships between teachers and families, including reciprocal relationships, two-way communication strategies, and goal setting; the elements of a caring community of learners and the role of the teacher in creating this community; the teaching pyramid model and how it is used to create a caring community, promote social competence, and address challenging behaviors; how teachers organize the learning environment and daily schedule to help children do their best while preventing behavior problems.

Lesson 9: Curriculum  

The definition of curriculum, the characteristics of scientifically based curriculum, and the indicators of effective curriculum; the role of performance standards in curriculum planning; different approaches to curriculum planning; teaching strategies that help children achieve important learning and developmental goals and motivate them to learn; how teachers create various contexts for learning in an intellectually engaging learning environment; how teachers use grouping as an instructional approach; how teachers use play as a teaching context for learning; different ways that teachers can appropriately use technology with young children.

Lesson 10: Assessments  

The definition of assessment and how to describe the different reasons for conducting assessments; different types of assessments and indicators of their effectiveness; the primary purposes for assessing young children; effective strategies for observing and recording evidence to support children's learning and development; how to use assessment strategies to improve learning outcomes and individualize teaching; standardized testing and appropriate and inappropriate uses of standardized tests.

Lesson 11: Planning for the Mind  

How young children develop language; how children acquire a second language; the key early literacy skills that predict success in the language arts; the curriculum and teaching strategies that promote early literacy; equity issues in early education and strategies to narrow achievement gaps in math and science; how cognitive development relates to mathematics and science.

Lesson 12: Planning for the Heart and Soul  

How young children develop socially and emotionally; the role of play in social and emotional development and learning; effective strategies for teaching children social problem-solving skills; the content of the early childhood social studies curriculum and effective, developmentally appropriate strategies for teaching social studies.

Lesson 13: Building Stronger Families  

The definition of resiliency and what it means to be resilient; the key protective factors that a child needs to develop resiliency; ways to strengthen families.

Lesson 14: Program Operations  

The responsibilities of a childcare program manager; the minimum qualifications for childcare providers; the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition and the requirements that must be met to receive this credential; the components of a comprehensive background screening; the type of information typically found in staff and family handbooks; the definition of accreditation and why this concept is important to childcare centers.

Lesson 15: Professional Growth  

Factors to consider when deciding to pursue a career as either a caregiver to infants/toddlers or a teacher to preschool/kindergarten age children; the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and how it should be used; important advocacy roles of early childhood professionals; the obligations and commitments that early childhood professionals make to the children in their care.

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Program Description

Students will learn how to care for children in a home-based child care facility, play group, or full service preschool. Topics include career opportunities, learning environments, health and safety concerns, child development, diversity, curriculum, assessment, program operations, and professional growth.

Program Objectives

After completing the Child Care Provider program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the personal characteristics and educational requirements for early childhood educators and describe the types of career opportunities available to those with the proper training.
  2. Explain the components required to create a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning environment.
  3. Describe health, safety, and security concerns when working with different student populations, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children.
  4. List and describe the stages of childhood development and identify learning activities and educational games that are appropriate for different ages and developmental stages.
  5. Identify and describe the factors that influence a child's development, such as race, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, intelligence, and ability.
  6. Explain the major theories around early childhood education and describe how these theories affect the setup, curriculum, and teaching strategies utilized in the early education classroom.
  7. Explain the issues and problems confronting prospective teachers and describe current issues and trends in early childhood education.

Online child care training from PCDI is the answer to your dreams. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online today.