(Length: 60 hours)

In their professional activities, workers have to foster the overall development of the children for whom they are responsible. When working with young adults or adults, it is essential that they understand their childhood development in order to serve them properly. Development follows predictable sequences and stages common to all children. Each child has a personal rhythm of development and unique characteristics. This course deals with different age groups from birth to age 12.

This course emphasizes the importance of systematically observing the behavior of children of different ages. It allows workers to stimulate the development of the children's capacities as a whole; to make observations to parents, orally or in writing; to make sure that the children maintain what they have learned; to note or report anecdotes in their personal files; to express opinions using appropriate assessment tools and to intervene properly with special needs children.