The Importance of Play for Infants and Toddlers

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The Importance of Play for Infants and Toddlers  

2 Hours

This is a non-CEU Course.  ** DEL MERIT Approved STARS ** 

Tuition: $19.00

Mobile Devices: This course MAY be mobile friendly. However, because every device is different, we are unable to guarantee compatibility.  Our student support staff is unable to provide technical support when students are attempting to use an iPad, tablet or cell phone to complete an online course. Use of an iPad, tablet, or cell phone is at your own risk. 

Washington STARS Credit: Curriculum & Learning Environment (2 hours)

Training Delivery Method:  Online

Content Focus Group:  

  • Infants
  • Toddlers

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Training Level: 2

Training Language(s): English

Description:  (2 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * Play is a dynamic process that develops and changes as it becomes increasingly more varied and complex. It is considered a key facilitator for learning and development across domains, and reflects the social and cultural contexts in which children live. Infants and toddlers learn through all of their senses by touching, smelling, hearing, seeing and tasting the items in their environment. They gain valuable information about their world. This interaction with materials offers experience and knowledge upon which to build later experiences.

Topics covered in this course:

  1. Development of Play Skills for Birth to 12 months, 12 to 24 Months and 24 to 36 Months
  2. Learning through Play
  3. Ideas for Play Activities
  4. The Dramatic Play Area
  5. Fine Motor Activities
  6. Learning with Blocks


Learning Objectives:

  • Define the word play.
  • Learn the importance of observation, and environment, to provide quality play opportunities for infants and toddlers.
  • Describe why is play is important to the young child.
  • Identify how play helps young children develop physical skills.
  • Describe how play helps young children promote creativity.
  • Learn strategies for engaging infants and toddlers in play.
  • Identify the four developmental stages of play.


 Currently Enrolled Students *


2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training is not tested on mobile devices or designed to be used on a mobile device. We are unable to provide technical support if you are attempting to use a mobile device (cell phone, tablet, or any other device other than a computer). And though many students may find that they are able to use their mobile device to complete the course, this training was developed to be done on a computer. Use of a mobile device is at your own risk.

6) This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, or Java, in order to log into the course, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  • 5
    Playtime for Infants and toddlers

    Posted by Carol on 13th Dec 2015

    I learned some things that will help me to help the infants and toddlers in their play. Not only do they need structure in their play, they need to have time for dreams.

  • 4
    I liked all the ideas

    Posted by Barbara on 13th Mar 2015

    I liked all the ideas of what could be added to block play to enhance and give new life and ideas of how kids can use the blocks.

  • 4
    I enjoyed being able to read others comments

    Posted by Alexandra on 15th Jan 2015

    I enjoyed being able to read others comments before I added my own. Personally, I work well when I have a variety of opinions and can view the thoughts of my peers.

  • 5
    Helpful ideas

    Posted by Laurice on 15th Jan 2015

    There was a lot of helpful ideas that opened my learning for infants and toddlers. I was not so confident when I first started, but now that I finished, I am more confident in this course. A better knowledge on how to introduce children who are shy/quiet or how to teach an infant/toddler more about their surroundings through play.