Do you want to start a new career as a day care provider in your own home? Earn your certification at ChildCareEd!
If you have small children of your own and want the opportunity to be home with them, this is a way to make it happen! Give this some thought and let me know if you have any interest.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I enjoy working with children?
- Am I knowledgeable about child development or willing to take classes about child development?
- Would I like to be able to set my own hours and/or wages?
- Am I interested in running a competitive business in my own home?
- (If you are currently employed) Can I afford to lose income and/or benefits while my business grows?
If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, then you may be a good candidate for a career in family child care.
Complete Pre-Service Training
You will need to complete a minimum of 24 clock hours of approved training in a topic or combination of topics related to child development (i.e., the "ages and stages' of children's developmental needs), program curriculum (i.e., planning and conducting program activities), child health and safety (i.e., childhood illnesses, child nutrition, fire safety, etc.), the care of children with disabilities, or provider professionalism (i.e., running a child care business, provider-parent relations, etc.). In addition, you must obtain skills-based CPR and First Aid Certification suitable for the child age-ranges that you wish to provide care for. If you plan to provide care to children younger than 2 years old, you will also have to complete SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) training. To be acceptable for family child care registration purposes, pre-service training courses must first be approved by OCC. So before you sign up for a course, check with the regional licensing office to make sure the course has been approved.
ChildCareEd provides the 24 clock hours and all required trainings needed to pursue your dream. To learn more about what it takes to become a day care provider in your home, go to: https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/child-care-providers/family-child-care-providers.
For any questions, please call the office at 1(833)283-2241.