program for child care workers offered
Ida Lee Wootten
a move aimed at meeting the need for quality day care providers,
the University of Virginia's
Richmond Center this fall will launch a certificate program
for people who work with children.
through U.Va.'s Continuing Education, the Professional Certificate
Program has been designed for pre-school teachers, child care providers
and nannies. The program will help such individuals understand the
needs of children from birth through 10 years of age.
in the non-credit certificate program, scheduled to begin Oct. 1,
will learn how neurological development in children affects their
learning. They will also gain an understanding of how children process
information, develop oral language skills and have different learning
styles. In addition, participants will learn how the arts can be
essential in young children's development.
program will emphasize the interconnectedness of reading, writing,
listening and oral language. It will also give participants a greater
understanding of families, especially how they interact, change
major concern in child care has been the lack of professional training
for providers," said Greg Pels, director of U.Va.'s Richmond
Center. "By giving child care providers training, we hope that
children in their care will be better prepared to enter school and
have rewarding educational experiences."
earn a certificate, participants must complete six 16-hour courses
for a total of 96 hours of instruction. Training will include such
courses as "Foundations of Neurological Development,"
"Language and Reading Development," "Creative Play,
Art, Music, Movement and Drama" and "The Dynamics of Family
Life and Children's Development."
can attend classes either on the weekend or on mornings during the
week. Child care will be provided at the Richmond Center during
program will take participants approximately 16 months to complete,
said Pels, who noted that the center has received inquiries from
parents who want to enroll their nannies as well as from agencies
that provide day care. "We're also conducting discussions with
large organizations, such as Head Start, to see if we can help them
train greater numbers of child care providers."
organizers estimate that there are about 1,000 nannies in the greater
Richmond area alone -- a figure that does not include the many workers
in private day care centers throughout the region.
information, call the Richmond Center at (804) 662-7464.