Rule: What topics must annual training include?

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Annual Training

Annual training requirements for both primary caregivers and caregivers have been amended to include additional health and safety topics. See details of each change below.

Change 1: Amendment

If a caregiver provides care for children younger than 24 months of age, one clock hour of the annual training hours must cover the following topics:

  • 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

Change 2: Addition

There are six new topics that must be covered as part of primary caregiver and caregiver annual training hours. There are no clock hour requirements for these new topics, which include:

1. emergency preparedness

2. preventing the spread of communicable diseases, including immunizations

3. administering medication, if applicable

4. preventing and controlling and responding to emergencies due to food or an allergic reaction

5. 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

6. handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials

Change 3: Addition

  • Primary caregivers may obtain clock hours or CEUs from the same sources as other caregivers.
  • Primary caregiver training hours may not be earned for presenting training to other caregivers.

Consider This!

The six new training topics included in annual training requirements must be covered in separate trainings specific to the topic.


Consider This!

Primary caregiver, Elisa, is presenting training to other child care home primary caregivers in her neighborhood.

Can Elisa count the hours she presented training to other caregivers as annual training hours for herself?



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