Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: To prepare students to start and operate a child care business.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Know how to supervise and monitor the safety of children in their care
- Understand the preparation of meals and snacks, helping children keep good hygiene, changing diapers, and sanitizing toys and play equipment
- Know how to organize activities and implement a curriculum that allow children to learn about the world and explore interests; support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts
- Understand the creation of schedules and routines that ensure that children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
- Recognize signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring the problems to the attention of parents
- Understand the keeping of records of children’s progress, routines, and interest, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered
- Know how to communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues
Instruction Set 1
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal. Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers. Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
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, 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
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
Learning Aid: Creating Environments for Learning & Play
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
Practical Exercise: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Textbooks: Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child
• Poison Antidote Slide Guide
• Children's First Aid Slide Guide