Professional Development Requirements

Child Care Licensing requires that all individuals working in a licensed program complete a minimum of 18 hours of training per year.

Water Safety (Not required, unless program is participating in water activities)

Child Care Aware® of New Hampshire provides various professional development training opportunities throughout the school year. These opportunities consist of evening and Saturday trainings, full day Conferences, Early Childhood Leadership Collaboratives, Family Child Care Networking Collaborative and Special Events, such as the annual Leadership Summit. Professional development training is provided at little to no cost to early childhood providers and is accessible through the NH Professional Registry at To view our Virtual Annual Training Calendar please click here

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. 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 topical areas.

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

Training Opportunities

Child Care Aware of NH offers a variety of Training opportunities. We have night and weekend trainings, E-conferences, Special Events and Peer Learning Communities. More information can be found about each of these opportunities in our Virtual Annual Training Calendar.

Peer Learning Communities: NH Pyramid Model

Three (3), six (6)-session Peer Learning Communities’ (PLC) will be offered from October-December. Each PLC is intended to support participants’ understanding and application of the e-Module’s content now available for free access on ProSolutions. PLCSs will be facilitated by NH Pyramid Model Master Cadre members.

Registration is open to all in the NH early childhood community, including higher education students through the NH Professional Registry. Please note that registration is required by Sunday, October 4th so that participants have time to complete the first module prior to the start of the PLC.

Each of the three (3) PLC cohorts is limited to 12 participants who are committed to participating in all six (6) sessions*.

*This first round of PLC’s will be followed by additional offerings in the fall and winter. If the dates or times don’t work for your current schedule be assured that more opportunities will follow.

*With thanks to the Preschool Development Grant for supporting this professional development activity.

Click here to view more information about the Peer Learning Communities: NH Pyramid Model

Child Care Aware of NH Recorded Webinars

CCLU Self Study Sheet

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:

Child Care Aware of NH AAP Online Courses Healthy Child Care America Medication Administration Prevention and Immunization
Prevention of SIDS and use of Safe Sleep Practices Better Kid Care National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness    

To get a start on helping to satisfy these requirements now, please click here.