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Child care providers who have direct responsibility for the care and oversight of children, including center administrators and family child care home operators, must complete certain trainings to comply with the NC Child Care Rules. Read Be A Smart Consumer of Child Care Training for guidance in choosing trainings. See this link to make sure you are spending your time and money wisely related to First Aid and CPR training.


Training Organizations

North Carolina is fortunate to have several training organizations for early childhood professionals to use to meet their professional development goals. Find professional development opportunities on these partner agency websites.


NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), also called the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), is a federal grant which provides funding for child care subsidies for low income working families and improvements in child care quality. In order to meet the requirements of this grant states must have both pre-service or orientation and on-going minimum health and safety training requirements in place for child care providers. To meet these requirements, temporary rules were adopted and are effective September 23, 2016 requiring all child care providers who have direct responsibility for the care and oversight of children, including center administrators, and family child care home operators, to complete trainings in the listed content areas.

  • Administration of medication
  • Appropriate Precautions in Transporting Children
  • Building and physical premises safety
  • Pediatric First Aid and CPR     See the approved Training Agencies here.
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning
  • Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants
  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunizations
  • Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  • Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma
  • Prevention of SIDS and use of safe sleeping practices   *See Training Exceptions below
  • Recognizing and Responding to child abuse and neglect

To help child care providers meet the new training requirements, the Division of Child Development and Early Education has contracted with ProSolutions Training to provide, FREE online training modules. You may access the training modules on the North Carolina, ProSolutions Training website. Click on the Course Catalog tab.


When you enroll in the health and safety trainings, you will be asked to provide a State Registry ID. In this field you will enter your username for your NCID.


Register for NCID

Here are detailed instructions for obtaining an NCID.


Health and Safety Training Options

In addition to the online trainings provided by ProSolutions Training, the Division of Child Development and Early Education has compiled a list of trainings or acceptable training topics from approved sources.

List of Approved Health and Safety Trainings

If you find a training not listed on the chart that addresses one of the health and safety training topic areas, you may use that training if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The training or training organization has DCDEE approval.
    • DCDEE would approve the training if the training is from an Exempt Training Agency or, if it is a non-exempt trainer, the trainer can provide a signed and approved outline form for his/her training session. AND
  2. The majority of the training addresses one of the required health and safety content areas.

Keep documentation of the training in your personnel file and in your records at home.


Health and Safety Training Exceptions

If you are an infant teacher or an administrator in a program with infants enrolled or a FCCH operator, then you must complete the NC specific Infant Toddler Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction in Child Care training. Child Care Rules .0102(2); .0705(f) and .1705(a)(6)

If you are the emergency preparedness and response designee, you must complete the NC specific, Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care. Child Care Rules .0607(b) and .1705(a)(6)

If you work in a school-age only program, the school-age group leader/administrator, does not have to complete trainings in the following topic areas:

  • Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma
  • Prevention of SIDS and use of safe sleeping practices   *See Training Exceptions below.

For more information about the CCDF requirements, go the Child Care and Development Fund tab on the Division’s website.


NEW and REVISED Orientation

Within first two (2) weeks of employment Within first six (6) weeks of employment
Recognizing, responding to, and reporting child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment Firsthand observation of the center’s daily operations
Review of the center’s operational policies, including the center’s safe sleep policy for infants, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, and the emergency medical care plan Instruction in the employee’s assigned duties
Adequate supervision of children in accordance with 10A NCAC 09 .0714 Instruction in the maintenance of a safe and healthy environment; 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
Information regarding prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma Instruction in the administration of medication to children in accordance with 10A NCAC 09 .0803
Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization Review of G.S. 110, Article 7 and 10A NCAC 09.
Precautions in transporting children, if applicable An explanation of the role of State and local government agencies in the regulation of child care, their impact on the operation of the center, and their availability as a resource.
An explanation of the employee’s obligation to cooperate with representatives of State and local government agencies during visits and investigations.
Successfully complete CPR and First Aid training as defined in Rule .0705(b) of this Section.
Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions.
Review of the center’s handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants.

In-service Training

Any child care administrator or staff having responsibility for planning or supervising a child care program and all staff who work directly with the children must participate in a yearly in-service training appropriate to job responsibilities. The number of required clock hours of yearly training is based on the education and/or experience of each individual person. Review rule .0707 to determine the number of in-service training hours you need.

Contact any of the sources mentioned above to find out what they offer in your county or area. You might start by looking at the Provider Contacts Page. This page provides contact information for agencies actively involved with initiatives promoting higher quality child care in North Carolina. You also may want to look at a list of exempt training agencies.

Non-exempt trainers must have prior approval to provide in-service training to child care staff. Ask to view the signed and approved outline form for their training sessions.


How Do I Qualify To Be An In-Service Trainer?

View and print the Non-Exempt Trainer Packet or call the In-service Training Consultant at the Division of Child Development and Early Education at 1-800-859-0829 (in state only) or (919) 527-6608.





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