Health & Safety Requirements
To work in a license exempt or licensed child care program, all staff must complete training specific to health and safety with the pending licensing and license exempt rules coming late Spring of 2017. Child Care Licensing will accept previously taken and documented training by staff. The Health and Safety trainings are required of existing staff and of any new staff hired. New staff must complete the training requirements or show documentation of taking these trainings within 90 days of employment. Additionally, staff working in licensed programs must complete 6 hours of training annually on any of these health and safety topic areas.
All child care providers are required to complete training in 11 health & safety topics by September 30, 2017. All new employees hired after September 30, 2017, must complete the training within 90 days. For programs operating for 4 months or less, new employees must complete the training within 2 weeks.
All staff will be required to have training on the below topics by September 30, 2017:
- Appropriate Precautions in Transporting Children (Required of all staff working in a program that transports children or accompanies the children in vehicles provided by companies contracted by the program to provide transportation)
- Building and Physical Premise Safety
- Child Abuse & Neglect
- Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning for Emergencies
- First Aid and CPR
- Food and Allergic Reactions
- Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials and Disposal of Bio Contaminants
- Medication Administration
- Prevention and Immunization
- Prevention of SIDS and use of Safe Sleep Practices (Required, if staff are working in a program licensed to care for children younger than 18 months of age)
- Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma (Required, if staff are working in a program licensed to care for children younger than 18 months of age)
- Child Growth and Development
The Child Development Bureau is pleased to offer a free web based Health & Safety Training Program that will help child care providers to meet the requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The Health and Safety Training Program will be available on June 1st. Click here for a flyer with more information.
Trainings can be done in webinar format or face to face, unless noted by licensing that the training must be face to face. To access trainings on these topics, please visit the links below: