Health and Safety Training Requirements for Child Care Homes

Employee Training

Overview

Employee training serves as the backbone for ensuring the Child Care Development Block Grant's health and safety initiative is successful. As a result, Texas Child Care Licensing has amended and added employee training requirements related to child care health and safety. The table below summarizes the new requirements for child care homes.

Summary of Changes

Primary Caregiver Qualifications

D. 747.1007(6)

D. 747.1107(5)

- adds requirement for primary caregiver qualifications to include proof of training in 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 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; and 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

Orientation for House-Hold Members

D. 747.1403

- specifies topics to cover as part of orientation for household members including providing an overview of your home's child-care policies, and the provision of copies of these practices and procedures; an overview of symptoms of child abuse and neglect and the responsibility for reporting these; the procedures to follow in handling emergencies

Orientation for Caregivers

D. 747.1301(3) & (6) - (14)

- adds specification to cover risk factors, warning signs and reporting procedures for abuse and neglect and identification of community organizations that have training available

- adds orientation for all new employees must cover administering medication, preventing and responding to food allergy emergencies, understanding building and physical premises safety, handling, storing and disposing of hazardous materials and precautions for transporting children if your operation provides transportation for children whose chronological or developmental age is younger than nine years old

Annual Training Requirements (Primary Caregivers and Caregivers)

D. 747.1305 (d) & (e)

D. 747.1309 (d), (e), (h) & (i)

- adds the required one clock hour for caregivers who provide care for children younger than 24 months of age also cover recognizing and preventing abuse head trauma, and understanding and using safe sleep practices

- adds requirement to cover emergency preparedness; 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; and handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials

- specifies that primary caregivers may obtain training hours from the same sources as caregivers, but training hours cannot be earned from presenting training to other caregivers

 

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