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Course Description

An overview of the development of young children from pre-birth through age twelve, primarily designed for the family child care provider or foster parent. Students will be exposed to appropriate expectations and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for each stage of development. Six 3-hour sessions, or may be taught on three Saturdays. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the relationship between quality child care and emotional well being.
  • Describe what normal growth and development means.
  • Explain the relationship between parents and caregivers in care giving and attachment.
  • Explain three major theoretical perspectives on child development.
  • Describe three major temperament types and strategies for working with each temperament.
  • List stages of prenatal development and risks to developing child during each stage.
  • Describe how the curriculum of an infant center is based on care-giving routines. Describe the value of talking to infants and toddlers while caring for them.
  • Describe the developmental characteristics of the 3-5 year old in motor, perceptual, cognitive, speech and language domains.
  • 12. Describe the developmental characteristics of the 6-12 year old child. List the differences in appropriate environment, expectations, and guidance techniques for use with younger and older children.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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