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Online Child Care Class Curriculum

Caring for young children is a big responsibility. Our Child Care classes online curriculum is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to work with kids in a day care, play group, or preschool setting. Topics range from how to create positive learning environments and dealing with health and safety concerns to child development, diversity, assessment, and program operations.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

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.

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 Group 2: Learning Environments

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; 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; child maltreatment and the responsibilities of mandated reporters.

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 stages of life; transition activities that avoid known problem times during the program day; the purpose of learning centers and active play areas within the classroom space.

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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 and safety concerns when working with young children in an educational setting.
  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.

Caring for your career path

Ashworth College API Program Name Career Diploma program help you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

Advance your career in our online API Program Name program. Call 1-800-957-5412