Child Day Care Management
Your at-home learning program includes seven Instruction Sets designed
to take you step-by-step through the techniques and skills you’ll
employ in your new career in Child Day Care Management. Your
first Instruction Set will be sent to you as soon as your
enrolment has been accepted. Other Instruction Sets will
follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have
training materials to work with.
Computer Specifications Here is an overview of what you’ll learn and the order in which you’ll receive your learning materials:
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later (Mac OS X® or later) and high-speed Internet to complete your program with ICS Canada.
Instruction Set 1
- Learning Strategies
- Identifying and implementing a successful study method; planning when, where, and how you'll study; creating effective and efficient study tools; using study tools to improve chances for success.
- Child Day Care Today: An Urgent Need
- The increasing demand for child
care; benefits of quality child care; types of child
care, including in-home care, family day care, and centre-based
care; meeting licensing requirements — providing
a safe and healthy environment; managing staff.
- Child Growth and 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
- Child Growth and Development, Part 2
- The stages of growth and tips
on developing a learning environment for school
age children, ages 6-8, and
- Practical Exercise: Reflection and Observation
- Supplement: Student
- Learning Aid: Ages and Stages Chart
Instruction Set 3
- How to Start Your Child Care Facility: Basic Steps
- Assessing community
needs; questionnaires; telephone surveys; attending
meetings; what to ask; establishing a program philosophy;
goals and policies; licensing requirements — federal, provincial,
municipal; making a business plan; insurance; planning
space (indoor and outdoor); providing equipment;
required staff; developing forms; bookkeeping required;
- Licensing and Certification
- General licensing procedures; agencies,
areas of regulation — building and safety, zoning, fire, and
sanitation; physical space indoors and out; nutrition; director’s
ratios; group size; transportation; staff qualifications;
records, steps in the licensing process.
- The Facility
- Government regulations — zoning and safety; analyzing
space requirements for in-home and centre-based
- 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; evaluations and grievance procedures;
managing personnel — motivation,
evaluation, and personnel development.
in Day Care
- Introducing children to the world
of computers; educational and fun
activities that can be done using
- Practical Exercise: Facilities and Staff
Instruction Set 5
- Program Planning
- 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 behaviour
and development; styles
of adult-child interaction.
- Inclusive education; principles of inclusion; building
and acceptance; children with special needs; assessing
and adapting the environment to create one that promotes respect.
Exercise: Program, Environment, and Guidance
- Supplement: Activities
for Infants and Toddlers
Instruction Set 6
- Working with School-Age Children
- Working with school-age children; outdoor
and indoor games; visual arts; music and
movement; drama; science in after-school care; math.
- Parents’ legal rights; communication with parents
including orientation; visits to facility,
and oral and written communications; parent participation; parent
- Estimating costs
and specific cost
the budget; other financial
- Supplement: Master Forms for Day Care Facility
- Textbook: Working with
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.
Health, Safety, and
- Textbook: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
for the Young Child
- Learning Aids:
- Poison Antidote Slide Guide
- Children’s First Aid Slide Guide
Online Library and Librarian
Students in ICS Canada have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with ICS Canada.
We reserve the right to change program content and
materials when it becomes necessary.
Prospective students should note that completion of this program does not qualify
him/her as an Early Childhood Educator (E.C.E.). The ICS Child Day Care Management
Program trains individuals to own and operate Care Centres. Students are advised
to check with their provincial government for E.C.E. recognized equivalents.