Training & Education Levels of Caregivers
All caregivers will be 18 years old or have graduated from high school or have completed their G.E.D.
All caregivers will read and have access to the centers policies and procedures manual. Documentation that the staff person has read and understood the policies and procedures will be maintained.
Before being left alone with children, caregivers will complete the centers required orientation training.
Orientation will be provided by Mary Ellen Larsen the Coordinator of the Center.
Orientation Training includes:
- A job description
- An introduction and orientation to the children, which includes special conditions such as allergies and medical conditions of any children
- Procedures for releasing children to parents or guardians
- Center policies and procedures
- Reporting requirements for witnessing or suspicion of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and how to make a report
- Any other items that might need to be covered at that time
All caregivers are required to have a minimum of 20 hours documented in-service each year. At least 10 must be in person training. Other hours of training may be obtained independently through reading materials or videos.
The following in-service training topics must be addressed annually:
- Principles of good nutrition
- Proper hand washing, OSHA requirements, and sanitation techniques
- Proper procedures in administration of medicines
- Recognizing early signs of illness and determining when there is a need for exclusion from facility
- Accident prevention and safety principles
- Reporting requirements for communicable and infectious disease
- Reporting requirements for abuse, neglect, and exploitation
- Positive guidance for management of children
- Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Coping with crying babies
- Development of the brain
- New methods of discipline