Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 10: Licensing and Community Action

10.6 Caregiver/Teacher Support

10.6.1 Caregiver/Teacher Training Provision of Training to Facilities by Health Agencies

Public health departments, other state departments charged with professional development for out of home child care providers, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies should provide training, written information, consultation in at least the following subject areas or referral to other community resources (e.g., child care health consultants, licensing personnel, health care professionals, including school nurses) who can provide such training in:

  1. Immunization;
  2. Reporting, preventing, and managing of infectious diseases;
  3. Techniques for the prevention and control of infectious diseases;
  4. Exclusion and inclusion guidelines and care of children who are acutely ill;
  5. General hygiene and sanitation;
  6. Food service, nutrition, and infant and child-feeding;
  7. Care of children with special health care needs (chronic illnesses, physical and developmental disabilities, and behavior problems);
  8. Prevention and management of injury;
  9. Managing emergencies;
  10. Oral health;
  11. Environmental health;
  12. Health promotion, including routine health supervision and the importance of a medical or health home for children and adults;
  13. Health insurance, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  14. Strategies for preparing for and responding to infectious disease outbreaks, such as a pandemic influenza;
  15. Age-appropriate physical activity;
  16. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma.
Training of child care staff has improved the quality of their health related behaviors and practices. Training should be available to all parties involved, including caregivers/teachers, public health workers, health care providers, parents/guardians, and children. Good quality training, with imaginative and accessible methods of presentation supported by well-designed materials, will facilitate learning.
RELATED STANDARDS Continuing Education for Directors and Caregivers/Teachers in Centers and Large Family Child Care Homes Continuing Education for Small Family Child Care Home Caregivers/Teachers Training of Staff Who Handle Food Child Abuse and Neglect Education Training on Occupational Risk Related to Handling Body Fluids Education of Center Staff Training Time and Professional Development Leave Payment for Continuing Education State and Local Health Department Role