Health and Safety Training
HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
As part of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Fund stipulations, states must have pre-service or orientation and on-going training requirements in place for child care providers. These requirements were put in place to protect the health and safety of children in child care, promote continuity of access to vouchers for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about the child care choices available to them, and improve the overall quality of child care and afterschool programs.
Please refer to section .1100 (Child Care Rule .1102) and section .1700 (Child Care Rule .1703) within Chapter 9 – Child Care Rules for more information and guidance related to the Health and Safety Training Requirements.
Required Health and Safety Training Content Areas
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization;
- Administration of medication, 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 that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic;
- Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event;
- Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants;
- Precautions in transporting children, if applicable;
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma and child maltreatment
- CPR and First Aid
- "Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment" as required in Rule .1102(g)
- Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices.
For additional training information specific to your position and exceptions to health and safety trainings refer to the FAQ.
Health and Safety Training Options
The completion of the required Health and Safety trainings may be accessed through various learning formats/platforms. They can be taken in a face-to-face classroom setting, through pre-recorded distance learning, college coursework or continuing education unit credits, or real-time virtual training. Regardless of the method selected for receiving training, DCDEE recommends you verify with the training agency/trainer, prior to registering for a session, that the training(s) you are considering received prior approval by the Division.