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Child Day Care Management

CDA OnlineProgram Duration:3 Months
Course Contact Hours: 180
Student Tuition: $2,100.00

The Job Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Parents will continue to need assistance during working hours to care for their children. Because the number of children requiring childcare is expected to grow, demand for childcare workers is expected to grow as well.


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


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.

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


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
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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

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Child Day Care Management
Materials Included:

  • How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business by Shari Steelsmith
  • Early Education Curriculum: A Child’s Connection to the World by Hilda Jackman

System Requirements:
Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple’s website)
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
    • Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)

Contact us today to get more information on this course.