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I have a checklist of some of the most important things I need to get done over the course of the year:
- Lesson plans
- Training Hours
Do you see that last one? The one right at the bottom.
See, as teachers and child care providers, we focus our time and attention on everyone else. And before we know it, we are scrambling to get our own things in. So for years, getting my training hours finished up has been last on my list. And it got stressful as that deadline inched closer.
I am so busy filling up my calendar with the other things I need to do for my students and families (as well as my own family). So each year I have to squeeze things around to fit in time for my own training hours.
Let’s be honest. When it comes to spending a weekend with my family or working on the weekends, I’d rather be planning a trip to the beach or going out to coffee with a good friend.
This was my life for years — until I found a better way!
Online Professional Development and Child Care Training Courses
I have been saving so much time by finding online training courses for preschool teachers. Instead of blocking out big chunks of time for professional development hours, now I get them done when I have 15 minutes here or 30 minutes there.
As the internet is expanding, so are training courses for teachers and childcare training. All through the world of online professional development.
No longer do we have to go through the hassle of finding a training in our area, traveling to it, buying meals and missing out on other events because we have no control over the timing of a training.
I have been getting training hours and professional development hours the easy way – at home, with a cup of coffee or tea nearby, lounging on the couch with my laptop.
Sometimes I start one in the middle of the day and finish it in the evening once everyone else has gone to bed. Other times I do the entire training in one sitting when things settle down a bit. The most recent training I did through ChildCare Educational Institute (CCEI) made it so easy to take a training course.
With online training through CCEI, I have found that I no longer dread getting in those required child care training and preschool teacher hours. The whole process is so much simpler now that I have the added flexibility. Now it’s easy to fit it in:
- During your lunch hour
- At nap time
- When you have a spare 15 minutes
If you don’t have a whole hour to finish your training at once, all you have to do is login when you are ready to finish. It will be there waiting for you – no matter what time of day. I know that I can find four 15 minute pockets of time a lot easier than an entire hour. Plus, when I start it because I know I have those 15 minutes, I find that I am finishing them a lot quicker too because I’m more motivated to get them finished.
How to Choose an Online Training Course
But not all online teacher training courses are created the same. Definitely do your homework.
There are some important questions to ask yourself when finding a high-quality online training program:
Will my hours be accepted?
This here is a big one. It’s important to make sure that your training hours actually count. Every location is different, and in the U.S., each state sets their own laws and regulations for this.
ChildCare Education Institute provides online professional development courses that meet state training requirements.
Is this a high-quality training program?
I have signed up for online courses before and was left disappointed in the quality. It felt like a waste of time and money.
Make sure to find one that has been recommended to you by someone who has already gone through one or has really good reviews.
I recommend starting with ChildCare Education Institute. If they met my picky standards (high-quality, developed by professionals and experts, technically easy to navigate, written in a way that is easy to read, and more), then I know that their courses will be a great fit for you too. After I went through a course by CCEI, I was thrilled to have a program that I could highly recommend to friends, colleagues, and readers. I knew it would be beneficial and convenient for anyone who decided to try it out. Not only was it successful for me, but 99.9% of people who have taken it also say they would recommend it.
Is the online professional development relevant?
There are two types of trainings that stick out to me: trainings that I loved and learned a lot from and courses that were full of information that I had already heard before. Since our time is valuable, I try not to waste my time on trainings that leave me bored and have me thinking about what areas of my house need to be cleaned.
When I was choosing the courses offered by ChildCare Education Institute, there were so many options that were a good fit for me. I love their selection of topics:
- Preschool Care
- Guidance and Discipline
- Environments and Curriculum
- Inclusion and Special Needs
- Health and Safety
- Nutrition and Food Service
- Infant and Toddler Care
- School-Age Care
- Administration and Management
Take a peek at the available trainings
Even if you need your CDA accreditation or renewal, you can do it all online through CCEI. Whether you are a teacher, childcare worker, family child care provider, director, or even work in Head Start, there is specialized training for all these areas. I love how they think of everyone!
I decided to take the course called Launching Learning Centers in Your Classroom. Not only was it informational and easy to navigate, but I found the time going quickly because it was something I was really interested in.
Are you interested in taking a peek? Here’s one of the course authors from ChildCare Education Institute, Rae Pica, talking about the importance of movement, learning, and the whole child.
Get CCEI at a Special Offer
If you’re interested in trying out an online child care training course or online ECE course, you can even try out a trial course for free to see what you think. Plus, for all of the readers at Preschool Inspirations, you can get a year of courses for 50% off of their Individual Annual Subscription with the code INSP50OFF. That’s $49 for a year of unlimited courses!
Whether you need childcare classes, early childhood training, early childhood professional development, Head Start courses, or more, CCEI has lots of choices and options. This way, you can choose the online professional development training that works best for you.