Rule: §What qualifications must I meet to be the primary caregiver?

Primary Caregiver Qualifications

Minimum standard rules for Licensed and Registered Child Care Homes include a new requirement for all primary caregiver applicants to provide proof of training in the following topics in order to meet primary caregiver qualifications.

  • recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma;
  • understanding and using safe sleep practices and preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS);
  • understanding early childhood brain development;
  • emergency preparedness;
  • preventing and controlling the spread of communicable diseases, including immunizations;
  • administering medication, if applicable;
  • preventing and responding to emergencies due to food and allergic reaction;
  • understanding building and physical premises safety, including identification and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electric hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic;
  • handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials
  • precautions in transporting children if your child-care home plans to transport a child whose chronological or developmental age is younger than nine years old

Are current primary caregivers required to provide proof of training in these topics?

Current primary caregivers who were issued a registration or license prior to 9/1/2016 do not have to provide proof of training in these topics to meet primary caregiver qualifications; however, many of these topics are now required as part of annual training requirements.

All primary caregiver applications submitted on or after 9/1/2016 must include proof of training in these topics before they are able to receive a registration or license to provide home-based child care.


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