Online Child Day Care Management Course

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Take the first steps towards your new career in the childcare field with ICS Canada’s online Child Day Care Management Career Diploma courses!¹ Start learning new skills at home, on your own time, and graduate in as little as six months with ICS Canada.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students to start and operate a child care business.

Program Outcomes

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

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

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.

Instruction Set 2

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 development.

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 ages 9-12.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Reflection and Observation

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; advertising.

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 responsibilities; caregiver-child ratios; group size; transportation; staff qualifications; records, steps in the licensing process.

Instruction Set 4

The Facility

Government regulations — zoning and safety; analyzing space requirements for in-home and centre-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; evaluations and grievance procedures; managing personnel — motivation, evaluation, and personnel development.

Technology in Day Care

Introducing children to the world of computers; educational and fun activities that can be done using the computer.

Practical Exercise

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 tolerance and acceptance; children with special needs; assessing and adapting the environment to create one that promotes respect.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Program, Environment, and Guidance

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.

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.

Additional Material

Textbook: Working with 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

Practical Exercise: Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Additional Material

Textbook: Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete your program.

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.

Sample Lesson

To view a Child Day Care Management sample lesson, click here.

Child Day Care Management Course Details

In ICS Canada’s Child Day Care Management program you’ll cover topics such as:

  • Starting and operating your own child care facility
  • Organizing educational activities
  • Establishing and maintaining a safe child care environment
  • Using computers to help children learn and play
Online child day care management training

Here are a few qualities that effective child day care providers have in common:

  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations with students, teachers, and parents.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and helpful.
  • Sociability: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Creativity: It’s important to think outside the box to engage young children.
  • Compassion: You care about the health and well-being of others.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Why should I invest my time and energy into the Child Day Care Management Career Diploma Program?

Whether you’re a parent, professional caregiver, or just someone interested in learning more about how to help children develop to their fullest potential, you can gain insight that can help you in both your personal and professional life.

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