The basics of child care are the cornerstone in optimizing quality experiences for children. Welcome to Child Care focuses on a provider's role in a center setting that includes understanding the importance of professional ethics, play and a safe, structured environment.

Training Credit

  • 12 hours upon completion of series

Training Audience

  • Child Care Centers (CCC) and preschools

DHS Training Registry

  • Iowa’s Child Care Provider Training Registry is an online tool where child care professionals can locate and enroll in DHS-approved professional development. The approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting the DHS Training Registry.

Training Narrative

Module 1:  Professionalism and You

This two hour module will allow child care center and preschool staff to understand the importance of personal and professional ethics in a child care business.

Module 2:  Creating Spaces for Learning

This 2 hour module focuses on appropriate toys and materials that support the development of children birth to 3. Additionally, providers will gain an understanding about the connection between open-ended play activities and the development of social and problem solving skills.

Module 3:  Understanding Early Learning

The focus of this 2 hour module is child development and providing learning experiences for young children age birth to 5. Additionally providers will gain strategies to implement art and music experiences in the environment.

Module 4:  Reducing Health Risks

This 2 hour module covers information about how to prevent the spread of germs and disease in a child care environment. Additionally, providers will identify risk and prevention methods of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Module 5:  Supporting Healthy Living in Young Children

This 2 hour module introduces providers to developmentally appropriate practices when serving meals to young children. Additionally, they will identify the role of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), as well as the importance of outdoor play experiences

Module 6:  Guiding Young Children

This two hour module will focus on understanding the difference between being a passive babysitter and an active, assertive child care professional. Additionally, providers will learn key characteristics that contribute to professionalism.


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