Childcare training programs are offered throughout the year, and as a daycare provider, it is important that your staff take advantage of these opportunities. Many states require each daycare facility to have a certain number of hours of childcare training in order for the facility to remain licensed. This is something not to be taken lightly. Though it may be expensive to provide this training for your staff, the fines for not following the state’s rules and regulations can be high and may result in the closure of your facility. Even if you are an in-home daycare provider, it is important to check out your state’s guidelines because many of them will still require you to enroll in a childcare training program before you are allowed to open your business.
Childcare training programs are necessary to help the employees and the facility provide the best quality care. After all, you probably didn’t get in the business of providing childcare because you wanted to sit around all day! Children are active and curious, and in order to keep up with them and foster a love for learning, your staff has to be up to date on providing proper care.
The type of childcare training programs available for your staff will vary depending on what age group is being cared for. More than likely everyone will need to learn about the basics of running a childcare facility and the importance of health and nutrition. Child growth and behaviors will probably be a part of childcare training programs, too. If an employee works with a specific age group, then classes will be available to help create developmental activities suited for that age group. As always, check your state’s Family and Children Department of Services to find a list of requirements, classes, and availability.