Rule: What must orientation for caregivers at my child-care home include?

Employee Orientation

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:

  • Factors indicating a child is at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Warning signs indicating a child may be a victim of abuse or neglect
  • Procedures for reporting child abuse or neglect
  • Community organizations that have training programs available to child-care center staff members, children, and parents

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:


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