Child Care Training

Online Course

Certified by the Child Happiness Institute of Love Development (C.H.I.L.D.)
Child Care Professional Education for clock hours for child care professionals.

Course Contents

Certified Clock Hours for Child Care Professionals

  • Child Development

    Knowing how children develop is essential in meeting each child's needs and helping them thrive.

  • Identify Factors

    Advanced growth and developmental stages; identify factors influencing development.

  • Nurturing Discipline

    Play is of vital importance to child development. Learn how to practice nurturing discipline.

Advanced Preschool and School Age Child Development

Comprehensive Training for Child Care Professionals

Knowing how children develop is essential in meeting each child's needs. This advanced course is designed to identify factors that influence growth and development specifically regarding preschool and school age child development. Examine the types of assessment tools to plan engaging play experiences.

Also presented are definitions of multiple terms around preschool and school age development and developmental stages, and methods of recognizing developmental differences among typically developing children as well as ways to consider if a child’s development is atypical. 

The importance of play and why play is the optimal mode for learning and supporting children’s development and strategies to plan play experiences are explained. Finally, the types of assessment methods and tools and appropriate purposes for which each can be used to obtain valid information are examined.

This online course was created by the Child Happiness Institute of Love Development operated by Belinda Bane and Valerie Joglar in alignment with guidelines set by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Included: enrollment proof, course completion reminders emailed weekly and certificate of completion.

Value: Certified Clock Hours for Child Care Professionals

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Preschool and School Age Child Growth and Development Stages

    • Welcome! Below, find important introduction information about your online course...

    • Entry Survey: Child Development Stages

    • (04:03) What are the 5 Major Areas of Child Development? Mango League Mom

    • AGES & STAGES OF HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT Mentoring and guiding children prepares them for success. Positive parenting is the solution to raising happy, healthy, and productive adults. Children who are nurtured and supported are more likely to thrive.

    • (04:25) Whole-Child Education: An Overview by SkywardK12

    • From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life. And early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life.

    • (06:55) Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development by Sprouts

    • Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development suggests that children move through four different stages of mental development. His theory focuses not only on understanding how children acquire knowledge but also on understanding the nature of intelligence

    • (02:49) How I Learn - Child Development Milestones by Visualz

    • (04:37) Early Childhood Development | 5 THINGS PARENTS SHOULD DO EVERYDAY | Brain Matters Documentary

    • (10:16) PRACTICAL LIFE Skills and Activities for Kids ( 3-4-5 year old ) | Skills and Milestones by MotherTouch

    • (06:11) Piaget’s Schema: Accommodation and Assimilation of New Information by Sprouts

    • Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development suggests that children move through four different stages of mental development. His theory focuses not only on understanding how children acquire knowledge but also on understanding the nature of intelligence

    • (06:34) Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development Explained! by Learn My Test

    • Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development: What Is Moral Development? How Kohlberg Developed His Theory; Stages of Moral Development; Criticism

    • Quiz: Child Development Stages

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Advanced Preschool Child Growth and Development

    • (05:48) Preschool and Pre-K Developmental Milestones (4 years old and 5 years old) | Dr. Kristine Kiat - Pediatrician

    • Preschool: ​​​Before you know it, a child has turned four and then five years old. You may find that a somewhat calm child of three has now become a dynamo of energy, drive, bossiness, belligerence, and generally out-of-bounds behavior.

    • Cognitive Development In Preschool Children. A three-year-old will question everything that happens around her. She loves to ask “Why do I have to . . . ?” and she’ll pay close attention to your answers as long as they’re simple and to the point.

    • Developmental Milestones: 3 to 4 Year Olds. What are some of the developmental milestones a child should reach by three to four years of age? With a child’s third birthday the terrible twos are officially over and the “magic years” of three to four begin.

    • Developmental Milestones: 4 to 5 Year Olds. What are some of the developmental milestones my child should reach by four to five years of age? The somewhat calm child of three becomes a dynamo of energy, drive, bossiness, belligerence, and curiosity.

    • Emotional Development in Preschoolers. three-year-old’s vivid fantasy life will help her explore and come to terms with a wide range of emotions, from love and dependency to anger, protest, and fear. She’ll take on various identities for the fun of it.

    • Growing Independence: Tips for childcare professionals of Young Children. Children Love to Learn Open and honest communication will create a lifelong closeness with a child. As you teach a child how to be independent, you also need to teach how to be safe

    • Hand and Finger Skills of a Preschooler. At age three, your child is developing both the muscular control and the concentration she needs to master many precision finger and hand movements.

    • Helping a Child Learn to Read. How can I help a child learn to read? Reading books aloud is one of the best ways you can help a child learn to read. This can be fun for you, too. The more excitement you show when you read a book, the more a child learn.

    • Is a Child Ready to Read? Is a child interested in learning the names of letters? Does he look through books and magazines on his own? Does he like to “write”? Does he listen attentively during story time? If the answer is yes, he's ready!

    • Is a Preschooler Ready for Kindergarten? ​We aren't just talking about academics. A child's social, emotional, and behavior skills are equally critical to school success, and too many U.S. children start kindergarten without them.

    • Movement Milestones in Preschoolers A Child at Three Years At age three, a preschooler no longer has to concentrate on the mechanics of standing, running, jumping, or walking. Her movements are now quite agile, whether she’s going forward or backward.

    • Nightmares and Night Terrors in Preschoolers. There are many things that can cause a child to wake up during the night. Most of these happen when children are overtired or under stress. Keeping your child on a regular sleep schedule may help prevent many

    • Safety for Your Child: 5 Years ​​​Did you know that injuries are the greatest threat to the life and health of your child? Injuries are the leading cause of death of school-age children. Yet you can prevent most major injuries!

    • Sexual Behaviors in Young Children: What’s Normal, What’s Not? It can be easy to talk with their children about the differences between right and wrong, but it is often more difficult to talk with their children about sexual development.

    • Social Development in Preschoolers. During a child's preschool-age years, they'll discover a lot about themselves and interacting with people around them. ​Once they reach age three, a child will be much less selfish than they were before.

    • Using Their Words: Helping Preschoolers Get a Good Start in Reading and Learning. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with emotions and expectations as a child grows up and gets ready for that first day of school.

    • Quiz: Advanced Preschool Growth and Development

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Advanced School Age Child Growth and Development

    • (05:48) School Age Development by Wisemind School

    • Gradeschool. Childcare professionals of gradeschoolers have a lot to think about encouraging healthy living and helping a child develop a positive self-image all while going through puberty can have its challenges.

    • Friend or Foe? Help your child navigate his social world by equipping him with the skills he needs to choose friends wisely. There are some ways parents can help encourage healthier relationships in their children’s lives.

    • Gender Identity Development in Children. Gender identity refers to an internal sense people have of who they are that comes from an interaction of biological traits, developmental influences and environmental conditions. This may be male, female or both.

    • Helping Your Child Develop A Healthy Sense of Self Esteem. How can we help our child develop a healthy sense of self-esteem? Self-esteem is the way in which an individual perceives herself-in other words, her own thoughts and feelings about herself.

    • How to Understand Your Child's Temperament. How can I better understand my child's temperament? Some children are "easy." They are predictable, calm, and approach most new experiences in a positive way. Other children are more difficult...

    • Safety for Your Child: 6 Years. At age 6, your child will become more independent. He or she will be able to do more things that are dangerous. Your child will try to prove that he or she is grown up. But children still aren't good at judging safety.

    • Safety for a Child: 8 Years. At age 8, children are now taking off on their own. They look to friends for approval. They try to do daring things. They may not want to obey grown-up rules. But a child can learn safety rules with your help and reminders.

    • Shyness in Children. Although childhood shyness is commonplace, it concerns many parents, especially those who place great value on sociability. Some children become shy because of harsh life experiences, but most are born that way.

    • Signs of Low Self-Esteem. What are the signs of low self-esteem? To help you determine if your child has low self-esteem, watch for the signals. They could be everyday responses to how a child relates to the world around him.

    • Strategies and Solutions For Handling A Difficult Child. What is the best way to handle a "difficult" child? First, recognize that much of your child's behavior reflects his temperament. Establish a neutral or objective emotional climate.

    • The Disobedient Child. What can be done about a chronically disobedient child? From time to time most children defy the wishes of their parents. This is a part of growing up and testing adult guidelines and expectations.

    • Quiz: Advanced Toddler Growth & Development Stages

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Play Therapy Q&A, Trauma Informed Care & Conscious Discipline

    • (06:59) Why YOU Should Get Trained in Play Therapy! by Integrative Counseling Services

    • Play Therapy: Questions and Answers. Play therapy is a form of treatment that helps children and families to express their emotions, improve their communication, and solve problems. Play therapy capitalizes on children’s natural ability of expression.

    • A high ACE score does not mean a person will necessarily develop correlating physical and behavioral health problems. It simply means that they are at greater risk. Moreover, while ACEs can impact the development of the brain the effect is reversible.

    • (06:02) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Impact on brain, body and behaviour by IHDCYH Talks Entretiens de l'IDSEA

    • What is Trauma-Informed Care? Trauma-Informed Care understands and considers the pervasive nature of trauma and promotes environments of healing and recovery rather than practices and services that may inadvertently re-traumatize.

    • Why Conscious Discipline Consequences Work and Punishments Don’t (And How to Give Effective Consequences) Conscious Discipline offers solutions for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation. The goal is to help childcare professionals.

    • (26:18) See, Guide, and Trust - Real Talk for Real Teachers #67 by Conscious Discipline

    • (06:33) Handling Temper Tantrums - Conscious Discipline Skills by Conscious Discipline

    • Report Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation: Report Abuse By Phone: 1-800-252-5400 Online:

    • Quiz: Play Therapy Q&A, Trauma Informed Care & Conscious Discipline

    • Exit Survey: Advanced Preschool and School-Age Child Growth and Development

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