Minimum standard rules now require that orientation for caregivers at your childcare home include more information relating to health and safety. There are two main changes to orientation requirements for caregivers hired after 9/1/2016.
First Change: Specification
The first change includes the specification of what information must be shared about child abuse and neglect. See the specifications highlighted below.
An overview of your policy on the prevention, recognition, and reporting of child abuse and neglect, including:
Technical Assistance: Visit the DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) site for additional resources about the prevention, recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect and to learn of community resources in your area.
Second Change: Addition
The second change requires additional health and safety topics be covered as part of caregiver orientation and applies to all caregivers you hire on or after 9/1/2016. The new topics include:
- 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
- preventing and controlling the spread of communicable diseases, including immunizations
- administering medication, if applicable
- preventing and responding to emergencies due to food or an 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 transports a child whose chronological or developmental age is younger than nine years old