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. These new health and safety training topics will replace the Child Care Licensing Orientation training that was previously required. 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. Child Care Licensing will accept previously taken and documented training by staff.
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:
- First aid and CPR
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization)
- Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices (Required, if staff are working in a program licensed to care for children younger than 18 months of age)
- Administration of medication, consistent with standards for parental consent
- Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
- Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards
- Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma
- Handling and storage of hazardous materials and appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants
- Precautions in transporting children (if applicable) (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)
- Recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect
The Child Development Bureau and the Child Care Licensing Unit are pleased to offer a free web-based NH 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 NH Health and Safety Training Program is now AVAILABLE! The NH Health and Safety Trainings will be available in Spanish by June 30, 2017.
Click here to watch a video on how to enroll in the NH Health and Safety Training Program.
Click here to visit the NH Health and Safety Training Program home page.
Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions Health and Safety Guide.
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: