Developmental Stages: Birth to Five Years Old

Developmental Stages: Birth to Five Years Old 

In order to support and educate children birth to age five, it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of how a child develops. All children experience a developmental journey but the pace at which children experience this journey can vary from child to child. Being equipped and empowered with this developmental knowledge can positively affect the way you support, communicate, and play with young children. In this course, you will not only learn the difference between physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, but you will also learn about significant developmental milestones to be aware of so you can have realistic expectations and interact with children in developmentally appropriate ways. You will also be able to communicate this child development information to help educate families and others you serve.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System


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Kentucky Division of Child Care


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-DSBFY
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2021
Learning Objectives:
Define physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development.
Identify specific developmental milestones from birth through age five in the three categories of development.
Identify behavior that is developmentally appropriate for children birth through age five.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Areas of Development A. Vignette B. Importance of Knowing Development Stages C. Areas of Development D. Individual Differences E. Physical Development F. Social-Emotional Development G. Cognitive Development H. Review I. Summary Section 3: Developmental Milestones A. Zero to Three Months B. Three to Six Months C. Six to Twelve Months D. One Year to Three Years E. Three Years to Five Years F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations! E. Exam

Expert Reviewer: Corinne Fennelly, MA, LPC
Corinne Fennelly has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children and families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Counselor in Georgia. She has worked with children and families in traditional mental health settings for years. She also designed and coordinated a county-wide mental health early intervention program for children in child care centers and family day care homes. During her time as Early Intervention Coordinator, she specialized in child evaluation, teacher and parent workshops and working with children with special needs. Corinne then served as an Assistant Project Director at Georgia State University’s Best Practices Training Office where she developed on-line and face-to-face trainings to support birth- five teachers. Corinne is currently a Birth-Five Facilitator at the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy where she provides live and on-line coaching and support for teachers and curriculum specialists. Disclosure: Corinne Fennelly, MA, LPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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