Chapter 1: Staffing
1.3 Pre-service Qualifications
1.3.3 Family Child Care Home Caregiver/Teacher Qualifications
22.214.171.124: Support Networks for Family Child Care
Large and small family child care home caregivers/teachers should have active membership in a national, and/or state and local early care and education organization(s). National organizations addressing concerns of family child care home caregivers/teachers include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, belonging to a local network of family child care home caregivers/teachers that offers education, training and networking opportunities provides the opportunity to focus on local needs. Child care resource and referral agencies may provide additional support networks for caregivers/teachers that include professional development opportunities and information about electronic networking.
RATIONALEMembership in peer professional organizations shows a commitment to quality child care and also provides a conduit for information to otherwise isolated caregivers/teachers. Membership in a family child care association and attendance at meetings indicate the desire to gain new knowledge about how to work with children (1).
COMMENTSFor more information about family child care associations, contact the NAFCC at http://nafcc.net and/or the NAEYC at http://www.naeyc.org. Also, caregivers/teachers should check to see if their state has specific accreditation standards.
TYPE OF FACILITYLarge Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS126.96.36.199 General Qualifications of Directors
188.8.131.52 Mixed Director/Teacher Role
184.108.40.206 Qualifications of Lead Teachers and Teachers
220.127.116.11 Qualifications for Assistant Teachers, Teacher Aides, and Volunteers
18.104.22.168 Initial Orientation of All Staff
22.214.171.124 Orientation for Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs
126.96.36.199 Orientation Topics
188.8.131.52 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for Staff
184.108.40.206 Topics Covered in Pediatric First Aid Training
220.127.116.11 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for Swimming and Water Play
18.104.22.168 Continuing Education for Directors and Caregivers/Teachers in Centers and Large Family Child Care Homes
22.214.171.124 Continuing Education for Small Family Child Care Home Caregivers/Teachers
126.96.36.199 Training of Staff Who Handle Food
188.8.131.52 Child Abuse and Neglect Education
184.108.40.206 Training on Occupational Risk Related to Handling Body Fluids
220.127.116.11 Education of Center Staff
18.104.22.168 Training Time and Professional Development Leave
22.214.171.124 Payment for Continuing Education
10.6.2.1 Development of Child Care Provider Organizations and Networks
- Fiene, R. 2002. 13 indicators of quality child care: Research update. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. http://aspe.hhs.gov/basic-report/13-indicators-quality-child-care.