Child Care Basics

Child Care Basics

Technical Certificate

The Child Care Basics Certificate will introduce students to foundational information for working in a group child care setting. This certificate provides a great starting point for a career in early childhood education and ladders into the Nicolet College Child Care Services Embedded Technical Diploma and the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.

Students in the Child Care Basics certificate will be introduced to basic knowledge and skills required for working in a group child care setting. This certificate includes the Health, Safety, and Nutrition course, which provides students with a basic understanding of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families licensing requirements, and includes needed state-mandated trainings. Additionally, this certificate includes the Curriculum Development course, which provides students with an overview of the how’s and why’s of teaching in a child care classroom setting.

This 6-credit certificate is designed to acknowledge the basic educational requirements for a child care teacher assistant. Completers of this certificate will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 7. This certificate is a great choice for child care programs looking to support staff’s professional development, as well as improve Youngstar ratings.

  • Working with preschooler

    Program Outline

    Term 1
    Course # Course Title Credits
    1030716600 ECE Curriculum Planning

    Examines the components of curriculum planning in early childhood education. Integrates strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, examine the critical role of play, establish a developmentally appropriate environment, examine care giving routines as curriculum, develop activity plans that promote child development and learning, develop unit plans that promote child development and learning, and analyze early childhood curriculum models.

    1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition

    This 3-credit course examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. This course includes training for Abusive Head Trauma, SIDS, and Mandated Reporter certifications.


    At A Glance

    How You'll Learn


    On Campus


    Online Classes

    Term Start Dates

    Fall 2024: August 26 Spring 2025: January 13 Summer 2025: May 19

    Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

    Program Tuition*


    *Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

    You may experience these additional costs, not charged by Nicolet, estimated based on length of program.

    Personal Expenses

    What You'll Learn

    • Provide a healthy, safe, and nutritionally sound child care environment
    • Apply developmentally appropriate practices when planning learning experiences and materials for children

    Your Potential Careers

    • Assistant Child Care Teacher
    • Child Care Teacher
    • Nanny

    Median Annual Salary

    $25,700 $28,200 $31,400
    Local State National

    JobsEQ 2023Q4

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