As you review the changes to annual training requirements, you may notice that many of the changes match those made to orientation and pre-service training requirements. There are three main changes to annual training requirements that are the same for caregivers and directors and apply to chapter 744 and chapter 746.
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:
Change 2: Addition
There are six new topics that must be covered as part of director 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: Amendment
No more than 80% of the annual training hours may be obtained through self-instructional training. No more than three hours of the self-instructional training may come from a person reading written materials or watching a video on their own.
What is 80% of annual training hours?
The table below shows the amount of training hours that may be self-instructional. For example, If you are the director of a child care center (chapter 746), you are required to obtain 30 clock hours of annual training, 24 of which can be obtain from self-instructional sources.
About Self-Instructional Training
Training someone receives from reading written materials or watching a video on his own is a type of self-instructional training referred to as self-study. See the definitions below.
Self-Instructional Training - Training designed to be used by one individual working alone and at the individual's own pace to complete lessons or modules. An example of this type of training is web-based training. Self-study training is also a type of self-instructional training.
Self-Study Training - Non-standardized training where an individual reads written materials, watches a training video, or listens to a recording to obtain certain knowledge that is required for annual training.