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In November of 2014, the United States Congress reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The new law ensures that children are being cared for in healthy and safe environments. States now must require that all child care providers complete training in child development and 11 specific health and safety topics. In New Hampshire, trainings must be completed by September 30, 2017. Employees hired after September 30, 2017 must complete the trainings within 90 days of hire. For programs operating for 4 months or less, new employees must complete the training within 2 weeks of hire.
Currently enrolled license-exempt family, friend or neighbor and license-exempt center-based child care providers must complete the child development and 11 health and safety training topics by September 30, 2017. Starting October 1, 2017, license-exempt child care providers must complete the 11 required health and safety trainings before DHHS child care enrollment will be approved.
The 11 required health and safety topics are:
- First aid and CPR (*see note below)
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization)
- Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices
- Administration of medication, consistent with standards for parental consent
- Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
- Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards
- Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma
- Handling and storage of hazardous materials and appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants
- Precautions in transporting children (if applicable)
- Recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect
- Child development
Important Note: Additional requirements not included in this training.
The law also requires all licensed child care providers, license-exempt providers and all staff used to meet staff to child ratios be certified in infant and child CPR and first aid by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Emergency Care and Safety Institute, National Safety Council or other nationally recognized organization, by the same deadlines above.
* CPR and first aid training can be completed online, provided a skill test is required to be performed in person prior to becoming certified.
Go to Child Care Aware of NH to access a list of local certified trainers.