Day Care Courses at Penn Foster Career School
Child Day Care Management
|Instruction Set 1
The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.
Contemporary Child Care
The increasing demand for child care; benefits of quality child care; types of child care, including in-home care, family day care, and center-based care; meeting licensing requirements - providing a safe and healthy environment; managing staff.
|Instruction Set 2
Child Development, Part 1
An overview broken down into birth-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-36 months, 3-5 years; details on social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.
Child Development, Part 2
The stages of growth and tips on developing a learning environment for children in kindergarten, ages 6-8, and ages 9-12.
Practical Exercise: Reflection and Observation
Supplement: Student Observation Guide
Learning Aid: Ages and Stages Chart
|Instruction Set 3
How to Start Your Child Care Facility: Basic Steps
Assessing community needs; licensing requirements - federal, state, county; making a business plan; insurance; planning space (indoor and outdoor).
Licensing, Accreditation, Certification
General licensing procedures and agencies; areas of regulation; director's responsibilities; steps in the licensing process; accreditation of child care programs and facilities; certification of child caregivers.
Practical Exercise: Local Standards and Regulations
Supplement: State Licensing, Accreditation and Certification Agencies for Child Day Care Providers
|Instruction Set 4
Government regulations - zoning and safety; analyzing space requirements for in-home and center-based care.
Roles and qualifications of personnel; hiring personnel; physical exam and fingerprinting; work schedule and responsibilities; vacations, holidays, and sick leave; staff meetings; trial employment period; termination procedures.
Computers in Day Care
Introducing children to the world of computers; educational and fun activities that can be done using the computer.
Practical Exercise: Facilities and Staff
|Instruction Set 5
The purpose of program planning. Curriculum planning and content planning.
Planning and Implementing for the Environment
Preparing environments that promote program goals; grouping children; selecting and purchasing equipment.
The relationship between guidance and discipline; applying your knowledge of child behavior and development; styles of adult-child interaction.
Inclusive education; principles of inclusion; building tolerance and acceptance; children with special needs; assessing and adapting the environment to create one that promotes respect.
Practical Exercise Program, Environment, and Guidance
Supplement: Activities for Infants and Toddlers
|Instruction Set 6
Caring for School Age Children
Caring for school-age children; outdoor and indoor games; visual arts; music and movement; drama; science in after-school care; math.
Working with Parents
Parents' legal rights; communication with parents including orientation; visits to facility, and oral and written communications; parent participation; parent education.
Financing and Budget
Estimating costs including general and specific cost factors; estimating income; balancing the budget; other financial responsibilities.
Practical Exercise: Parents, Finances, and School-Age Children
Supplement: Master Forms for Day Care Facility
Textbook: Caring for School-Age Children
|Instruction Set 7
Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child
Promoting good health; health appraisals; health assessment tools; conditions affecting children's health; creating a safe environment; safety management; management of accidents and injuries.
Graded Projects: Professional Resource File
Practical Exercise: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
• Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child
• Poison Antidote Slide Guide
• Children's First Aid Slide Guide
Program description: Prepare for a career in Child Day Care Management — at home, at your own pace, with Penn Foster Career School.
Turn your love for children into an exciting career
with the Penn Foster Career School Child Day
Care Management Program.
Train quickly and conveniently. Learn to:
* Organize educational activities
* Set up and maintain a clean, safe, and well-organized day child environment
* Introduce computers to children through play
* Understand the relationship between guidance and discipline
* Operate your own child day care facility
And you'll learn it all at home — no classroom needed! Get the latest information on licensing, accreditation and certification, working with parents, and financing and budgeting your child care center — exactly what you need to start your career in Child Day Care Management.