Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Settings

Knowledge Base
Child Guidance (2 hours)
CDA Content Areas
Supporting children’s social and emotional development (2 Hours)

Socialization is an important skill that all children must learn from their early caregivers. It informs a child’s concept of 'self' and 'others,' and ways to behave in order to get what one wants or needs in a socially acceptable fashion. This development happens best in a positive social atmosphere, full of patience and active efforts to encourage children to cooperate. A specific technique that creates this result is called Positive Guidance. Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Settings is a four module course focused on methods of socializing children in a productive and beneficial manner. Each module contains reading material, required activities to complete and short quizzes. Some activities may require participants to implement a technique or strategy in their early childhood setting and reflect upon the experience. It is expected that participants will implement the changes and/or strategies with their group of children during the course of the class. Topics include the control approach to teaching vs. the guidance approach, what attitudes and perceptions about children must be in place in order to transition to the positive guidance format, factors that affect our ability to interact with children in a positive way, and strategies for teaching positive guidance in the care environment.

*Fully Automated: These classes do not offer feedback from an instructor unless you complete the extra credit activity. They are graded automatically and your certificate is available immediately upon the course being successfully completed.

Course Author
Lucy Marose
Anita Bauer
Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12:00 PM