Home Child Care Provider

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 165

       Course Name: Home Child Care Provider

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores the professional role of the home child care provider.  Content includes legal and ethical responsibilities of provider; relationship with families and the local community; effective group management; creating a healthy learning environment and workable daily schedule; planning appropriate activities.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will:
1.    Discuss and define rights and responsibilities for home day care providers.

2.    Identify components of a healthy and safe environment for groups of young children.

3.    Understand t he basics of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of infants, toddlers, pre-school and school age children.

4.    Learn to plan age appropriate activities for children in home settings.

5.    Practice methods of developing positive dialogue, resources, and programs for parents.

6.    Gain working knowledge of the ever changing dynamics of families and the teachers relationship with the families.

7.    Understand and be able to utilize the principles of effective group management.

8.    Develop strategies to communicate with other home child care providers.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.    What is Home Day Care?
a.    Clients
b.    Providers
c.    Need
d.    Regulation

2.    Parent and Care Giver Together
a.    Forms
b.    Interviews
c.    Responsibilities to each other

3.    Characteristics of Children from Infancy to School Age
a.    Characteristics of infants
b.    Characteristics of toddlers
c.    Characteristics of pre-schoolers
d.    Characteristics of school age children

4.    Relationship with Child and Caregiver
a.    Establishing trust
b.    Guidance
c.    Discipline

5.    Activities for Children
a.    Play
b.    Art
c.    Music
d.    Physical
e.    Games

VII.  Methods of Instruction

1.    Lecture
2.    Discussion
3.    Media Presentations
4.    Observation
5.    Hands on Activities
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Reading
2.    Writing
3.    Oral Presentations
4.    Fieldwork

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

    Group Participation
    Written Reports

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.