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School-Age Children at Play
4 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
This course is applicable to school-age care.
4 Clock Hours
Research shows that play promotes healthy social, cognitive, and physical development. A wide variety of activities can be categorized as play. Methods of play can be directed by an adult or determined by children. School-age children come to the school-age program after a full day of “work” at school, where most of their activities are planned and controlled by adults. By the time children arrive at the school-age program, they need to burn off some steam. Play is a child’s important work. Therefore, it is important for children to spend a good deal of the time at the school-age program playing. Program staff should set-up activities with choices for children to pick from, and staff to guide and direct children to these activities. To support their learning, caregivers should provide a safe environment and supervised freedom to move and explore. They also need opportunities throughout the day to move, climb, and explore.
Course Difficulty: Level 2 - This course has entry level vocabulary that most students should be able to easily become familiar with. Assignments include peer discussion boards, open-ended and multiple choice questions.
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CDA Criteria for this Course
CDA Content Area: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development (4 hours)
Enrollment Hours (PST)
Monday - Friday 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm
Holidays 9 am – 8 pm