Infant and Toddler Online Training –
To complete the Online Modules, you must have access to the Internet. Assignments are submitted via Google docs or via email per instruction with each module.
The Virtual Lab School empowers professionals as they build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child and youth care and development. This approach to professional development and learning includes:
- Expert Narratives
- Research Based Practices
- Streaming Video
- Reflective Questions
- Downloadable Activities & Resources
The Virtual Lab School online lessons are public domain and used with permission. The following online modules were developed by Ohio State University , the U. S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The research-based content and professional development resources are free and available to all. If you would like Child Connect for Family Success to check your assignments, give feedback, and provide a Certificate of Completion, you will need to pay a processing fee in the amount of $25.00 payable to Child Connect for Family Success for each 8-hour module. Please note the Module number for the online checkout and that there are no refunds on this processing.
You can choose from the following modules:
(1) Safe Environments for Infant/Toddler Programs. For children to grow, develop and learn, they must be healthy and safe. They rely on adults to protect them. Your first and most important job is to keep children safe each and every day. This course will teach you how to protect children from harm. You will learn about indoor and outdoor supervision, indoor and outdoor environments, safe sleep practices, child abuse, emergency preparation, and how to respond to injury.
(2) Healthy Environments for Infant/Toddler Programs. Healthy environments are critical for infants’ and toddlers’ development. In this course you will learn how to create and maintain healthy environments for all infants and toddlers, and how to implement hygiene practices to prevent disease. You will learn strategies to ensure safe toileting and diapering, daily health checks, as well as strategies to support children’s and families’ mental health needs. The importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity will also be addressed.
(3) Learning Environments for Infant/Toddler Programs. Infants and toddlers thrive in responsive, interesting learning environments. In this course you will learn how to create developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor learning environments, and how to select and use materials to engage infants and toddlers in the world around them. You will also learn how to create responsive schedules and routines to nurture infants and toddlers.
(4) Physical Development for Infant/Toddler Programs. The first three years of life are an important time of physical growth and development. In this course you will learn about the physical development of infants and toddlers, developmental milestones, and how to plan environments and experiences that support motor skills. You will also learn ways to take care of yourself physically so you can provide the best possible care to infants and toddlers.
(5) Cognitive Development. A strong foundation is critical to promoting the cognitive development of the infants and toddlers in your care. This course will provide a basic understanding of infants’ and toddlers’ cognitive development. You will learn about supporting brain development, developmental milestones, the importance of relationships, culture, learning materials, and using research.
(6) Communication Language and Thought. Communication skills are vital to the overall development of infants and toddlers. In this course you will learn about communication milestones and what to do if you have concerns about a child’s development. You will also learn strategies to maintain effective communication with families and how to create a communication and language-rich environment.
(7) Creative Expression. Infants and toddlers are naturally curious about the world around them. In this course you will learn how important creativity is in your work as an infant and toddler caregiver. You will learn how to plan experiences and activities that support children’s curiosity, as well as how to select materials that nurture creativity. This course will also address how to promote creativity in your workplace.
(8) Self and Cultural Understanding. As a responsive, nurturing caregiver you have the opportunity to positively influence infants’ and toddlers’ sense of self. In this course you will learn about how young children develop a sense of self and the importance of resilience in your work as a caregiver. You will also learn about the influence of culture and ways to support infants’ and toddlers’ sense of self through experiences, activities, and the environment. Stress reduction techniques and adult self-awareness will also be addressed.
(9) Social and Emotional Development. Social-emotional skills are essential in the healthy development of infants and toddlers. In this course you will learn about social-emotional milestones and what to do if you have a concern about a child’s social-emotional development. This course will also address the impact high-quality environments have on social-emotional development, as well as the role you play as a responsive, nurturing caregiver.
(10) Positive Guidance. Positive guidance impacts the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers. In this course you will learn how to use positive guidance techniques, as well as how temperament can impact behavior. You will also learn strategies for addressing challenging behaviors and how the environment can influence positive guidance. Creating interesting experiences and activities, as well as using relationship-based guidance approaches will also be addressed.
(11) Family Engagement. Family members are the most important people in young children’s lives. In this course you will learn how family-centered practice, strong family engagement, and positive communication all contribute to high-quality early childhood practice. You will also learn effective strategies for working with and strengthening families of children with special needs, military families, and families facing challenges.
(12) Program Management. In this course you will learn about how your roles and responsibilities as a direct care staff member contribute to the quality and organization of your program. Working collaboratively with your colleagues, planning and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences, and aligning curriculum with assessment will also be addressed. You will learn how to use evaluation data to improve program outcomes for children and families and how to be a reflective staff member.
(13) Professionalism. In this course you will learn about what it means to be a professional staff member. Traits of professional staff members, ethical practices that reflect professionalism, and the importance of professionalism when working with children and families will be addressed. You will learn how to nurture your own sense of professionalism and the importance of self-care in your practice.
(14) Child Abuse Prevention. Your first responsibility as a child development professional is to keep children safe from harm. This includes protecting children from harm that may occur in your program. In this course, you will learn four important strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect. First, you will learn about typical child development and how to develop realistic expectations for infants’ and toddlers’ behavior. Second, you will learn how to nurture the meaningful relationships with infants and toddlers that help them develop socially and emotionally. Third, you will learn about appropriate ways to respond when you find a child’s behavior challenging. Finally, you will learn how to make sure your program is a safe space for infants and toddlers.