To meet state and federal requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), all childcare providers must successfully complete basic health and safety training. In Maryland, this requirement extends to all staff, substitutes, and adults responsible for the care and safety of children in a licensed childcare program.
This training is designed to help providers create safe and healthy environments for children. The course covers topics such as:
- Fire safety
- Water safety
- Personal hygiene
- Food safety
- Injury prevention
- Illness Prevention
- Emergency procedures
The training must be completed by all staff, including aides, teachers, directors, family childcare providers, additional adults, and co-providers.
The basic health and safety training is an important requirement for all childcare providers in Maryland. By completing this training, you can help ensure the safety and health of the children in your care.
For those who prefer instructor-led training, to meet this requirement the training must be provided by an approved Face-to-Face or Virtual Instructor-Led Basic Health & Safety Trainer. ChildCareEd is approved to provide this training in Maryland through the Zoom platform. ChildCareEd’s Basic Health & Safety and Breastfeeding Awareness meets the requirements for the basic health and safety training for childcare providers.
ChildCareEd’s Basic Health & Safety and Breastfeeding Awareness contains twelve required topics categorized under four main content areas. An additional topic was developed at the request of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to address breastfeeding awareness.
The structure of the training covers the following:
Safe Outdoor Environments
- Safe and Sanitary Outdoor Environments
- Outdoor Supervision
- Outdoor Equipment and Materials
Safe Indoor Environments
- Safe and Sanitary Indoor Environments
- Indoor Equipment and Materials
- Preventing Infectious Diseases
- Emergency Preparedness
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Child Abuse, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Head Trauma
- Child Development and Screening
- First Aid
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (This does not satisfy the CPR and First Aid training requirement)
- Medication Administration
- Allergies and Asthma
This training helps providers to:
- Fire safety: Childcare providers need to know how to prevent fires and how to evacuate children safely in the event of a fire.
- Water safety: Childcare providers need to know how to prevent drowning and how to rescue a child who is drowning.
- Personal hygiene: Childcare providers need to know how to promote good personal hygiene in children, such as handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Food safety: Childcare providers need to know how to prepare and store food safely to prevent food poisoning.
- Injury prevention: Childcare providers need to know how to prevent injuries, such as falls, cuts, and burns.
- Illness prevention: Childcare providers need to know how to prevent the spread of illness, such as handwashing and sick child policies.
- Emergency procedures: Childcare providers need to know how to respond to emergencies, such as medical emergencies and natural disasters.
Childcare providers play a vital role in the lives of young children. By completing basic health and safety training, they can help to keep children safe and healthy.
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