Child Day Care Management Specialist

Hours: 340 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $2,895.00

Course Overview:

Do you love being around children? Have you ever thought about becoming a child care worker or wondered if you could start a home day care business? Child day care management distance learning course can provide you with the information to take the first step toward earning an attractive child care worker salary.

With our child day care management distance learning course, you can learn the key concepts involved in being a child care worker. You could even learn some basic ideas on how to start a home day care business!

A child care worker is a special person who helps children grow, learn, and gain new skills every day. A child care worker also provides behavioral and emotional support so children feel safe and comfortable while with a child care worker.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the elements involved in starting a daycare business
  • Comprehend the requirements and considerations for planning a daily schedule
  • Identify methods for generating enrollment, solving common problems, and setting professional goals
  • Identify methods and considerations for developing a curriculum
  • Define example activities for early childhood curriculum

The Child Health, Safety and Nutrition class is for anyone who works in a role that touches children's lives. The material is based on the most current research and reflects the latest developments in health, safety and nutrition as well as their application in multiple settings.

This course covers the contemporary health, safety and nutrition needs of infant through school-age children, with extensive coverage of topics critical to the early identification of children’s health conditions and the promotion of children’s well-being. Collaboration with families, sensitivity to individual differences and the critical importance of health, safety and nutrition education continue to be stressed. This course is clear, concise and thought-provoking and is loaded with easy-to-access checklists, guidelines and lesson plans that no early childhood student or professional should be without!

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the principles of promoting a healthy childhood lifestyle to achieve optimal growth and development
  • Identify various conditions affecting child health
  • Identify methods for maintaining a safe environment which reduces risk of injury
  • Define the basic concepts for food and nutrition for the child
  • Identify methods for effective meal planning

The Child Day Care Management Specialist program includes 2 courses:

  • Child Day Care Management
  • Child Health, Nutrition & Safety

Course Outline:

Child Day Care Management Module 1
Starting a Day Care Business
  • The Benefits of Family Child Care
  • Is This for Me?
  • Kinds of Home Based Child-Care Providers
  • Styles of Home Based Child Care
  • Inventory of Skills and Experience
  • Where to Start
  • Licensing and/or Registration
  • Planning to Make a Profit
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Enrollment Records and Policies
  • Setting Your Fee
  • Termination Policy
  • Hours of Operation
  • Holidays and Vacations
  • Guidance and Discipline
Child Day Care Management Module 2
Planning the Daily Schedule
  • Your Daily Schedule
  • Age-Mix of the Children
  • Your Background and Training
  • Mealtimes: An Essential Part of the Day
  • Naptime and Free Play
  • Structured Time
  • Special Events and Story Time
  • Language Activities
  • Science Activities
  • Learning Games
  • Movement Activities
  • Cooking and Snacks
  • Music and Art
  • Positive Guidance Tools
  • Discipline / Guidance Techniques
  • Decreasing Difficulty Behavior
  • Fostering Good Social Skills
  • Ten Common Guidance Problems
Child Day Care Management Module 3
Day Care Business Basics
  • Generating Enrollment
  • Screening Parents and Children
  • Setting Up Your Office
  • Computer and Printer
  • Using the Internet
  • Record Keeping
  • Solving Common Problems
  • Problems with Parents
  • Problems with a Multi-Age-Mix of Children
  • Minimizing Interruptions
  • Planning for the Future
  • Small Verses Large Center
  • Your Well-Being
  • Planning for a Substitute
  • Hiring an Assistant
  • Increasing Your Fees
  • Setting Goals
  • Being a Professional
Child Day Care Management Module 4
Starting & Creating Curriculum
  • Starting the Education Process
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Importance of Play
  • Process of Planning Activities
  • Communicating with Parents
  • Process of Curriculum Development
  • Multicultural Considerations
  • Special Needs Considerations
  • Criteria for Equipment, Materials, and Supplies
  • Themes, Units, Projects and Webs
  • Lesson Planning
  • Transition Activities
  • Plan of Assessment and Evaluation
Child Day Care Management Module 5
The Early Education Curriculum, Part 1
  • Early Language and Literacy Development
  • Language and Literacy Activities
  • The Bilingual, Bicultural World
  • Observation & Assessment
  • Understanding Children’s Literature
  • Selecting Books for Young Children
  • Integrating Literature into Other Curriculum
  • Teachers as Storytellers
  • Math Language of Early Childhood
  • Integrating Math Experiences with Other Curriculum
  • Materials for Developing Math Concepts
  • Teaching Basic Science Concepts
  • Creating a Scientific Environment
  • Learning About Ecology and Animals
  • Social Studies Curriculum Standards
  • Early Childhood Social Studies
  • Field Trips and Learning
Child Day Care Management Module 6
The Early Education Curriculum, Part 2
  • Children’s Developmental Stages in Art
  • An Environment for Creative Expression
  • Involving Children in All Forms of Art
  • Tips for Displaying Children’s Art
  • Creating Sensory Centers
  • Water, Sand and Mud Play
  • Working with Blocks & Woodworking
  • Nutrition & Cooking Experiences
  • Music and Movement
  • Types of Music
  • Making Musical Instruments & Activities
  • Planning and Using Puppets
  • Easy-to-Make Puppets
  • Connecting Puppets to Curriculum
  • Dramatic Play and Creative Dramatics
  • Planning and Preparing for Dramatic Play
  • Integrating Drama into the Curriculum
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - Module 1
Introduction and Children's Health
  • Preventive Health Concepts
  • An Interdependent Relationship
  • Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Growth and Development
  • Promoting Children’s Health
  • Observation as a Screening Tool
  • Daily Health Checks
  • Family Involvement
  • Health Education
  • Health Records
  • Sensory Development
  • Vision Screening
  • Hearing Screening
  • Speech and Language Evaluation
  • Nutritional Assessment
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - Module 2
Conditions Affecting Children's Health
  • Common Chronic Diseases & Medical Conditions
  • Allergies & Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • The Infectious Process
  • Environmental Controls
  • Communicable Illness
  • Stages of Illness
  • Control Measures
  • Identification and Management
  • Common Communicable Illnesses
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - Module 3
Safety for the Young Child - Part 1
  • Creating Quality Environments
  • Locating Quality Programs
  • Licensing
  • Features of Quality Programs
  • Guidelines for Safe Environments
  • Safety Management
  • Unintentional Injury
  • Risk Management
  • Principles and Preventive Measures
  • Implementing Safety Practices
  • Legal Implication
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - Module 4
Safety for the Young Child - Part 2
  • Management of Injuries
  • Management of Acute Illness
  • Emergency Care vs. First Aid
  • Life-threatening Conditions
  • Non-life-threatening Conditions
  • Maltreatment of Children
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Historical Developments
  • Discipline vs. Punishment
  • Reporting Laws
  • Protective Measures for Programs and Teachers
  • The Dynamics of Abuse and Neglect
  • The Role of the Teacher
  • Family Involvement in Health and Safety Education
  • Effective Instructional Design
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - Module 5
Foods and Nutrients: Basic Concepts
  • Nutritional Guidelines
  • Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs)
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • The Food Guide Pyramid
  • Nutritional Labeling
  • Nutrients that Provide Energy
  • Carbohydrates as Energy Sources
  • Fats as Energy Sources
  • Proteins as Energy Sources
  • Nutrients that Promote Growth of Body Tissues
  • Proteins for Growth
  • Minerals for Growth
  • The Role of Water & Vitamins
  • Nutrients that Regulate Body Functions
  • Vitamins & Minerals as Regulators
  • Proteins as Regulators
  • Water as Regulator
Child Health, Safety and Nutrition - Module 6
Nutrition and the Young Child
  • Infant Feeding
  • Profile of an Infant
  • Meeting Nutritional Needs of the Infant
  • Feeding Time for the Infant
  • Introducing Semi-Solid Foods
  • Feeding Toddlers and Young Children
  • Profile of Toddlers, Preschoolers
  • The Challenge of Feeding a Toddler
  • As the Toddler Becomes a Preschooler
  • Healthy Eating Habits
  • Health Problems Relating to Eating Habits
  • Planning and Serving Nutritious Meals
  • Meal Planning & Writing Menus
  • Nutritious Snacks
  • Serving Meals & Menus on a Budget
  • Food Safety Depends on Sanitation
  • Food-Borne Illnesses
  • Conditions for Bacterial Growth
  • Nutrition Education Concepts & Activities

All necessary materials are included.


Upon successful completion of our Child Day Care Management course, students will be prepared for a job in the Child Day Care industry and, in part, for the education requirements to become a Child Development Associate (CDA) and/or NCCB’s Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW).

Candidates seeking to apply for CDA assessment must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years
  • Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

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