Training

For trainers:

The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center offers Train-the-Trainer courses to prepare qualified individuals to provide training to early educators. Click on the links below for more information on:

Infant Toddler Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care (ITS-SIDS)

Course description

The ITS-SIDS Train-the-Trainer Course prepares child care health consultants, infant toddler specialists, and early childhood professionals to provide required training to early educators, directors, and family child care operators on:

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • external stressors and risk factors associated with SIDS
  • components of a Safe Sleep Policy
  • NC Child Care Regulations and best practices that support a safe sleep environment and reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation
  • procedures for responding to an unresponsive infant and the death of an infant in child care.

Trainer Eligibility

Who is Eligible to be an ITS-SIDS trainer?

  • Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)
  • Regional Infant Toddler Specialists
  • Technical assistance providers who work for child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs)
  • Other early childhood trainers who meet eligibility requirements:
    • BS/BA degree in a health-related field or in early childhood/child development.
    • Infant/toddler knowledge, which includes college coursework specifically related to infants and toddlers or growth and development of young children; or have at least one year experience working with infants or toddlers in a licensed child care facility.
    • Have at least one year experience in adult training or education.

Course Format, Cost, and Schedule

The ITS-SIDS Train-the-Trainer course is online and free of charge. It is largely self-paced and takes approximately four weeks to complete. It is offered three or four times each year.

Application and Additional Information

If an individual does not meet eligibility criteria in an area where there is a need for an ITS-SIDS trainer a Request for Approval form may be submitted along with the ITS-SIDS Train-the-Trainer application. Submit both documents to: clearym@unc.edu.

Submit the application and Request for Approval form, if needed, as Word document attachments to: clearym@unc.edu

Direct questions to:

Mary Cleary
Training Specialist
NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
919-707-5679

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Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care (EPR)

Course description

The EPR Child Care Train-the-Trainer Course prepares child care health consultants, training and technical assistance specialists, and early childhood professionals to provide required training to early educators, directors, and family child care operators on:

  • standard emergency preparedness and response procedures that can be used for all NC child care facilities
  • the benefits of planning, preparing and practicing for emergencies
  • NC Child Care Regulations and best practices that support emergency preparedness and response
  • supporting facilities and families in responding to and recovering from an emergency
  • how to complete the required EPR Plan template

Trainer Eligibility

Who is Eligible to be an EPR in Child Care trainer?

  • Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)
  • Technical assistance providers who work for child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs)
  • Other early childhood trainers who meet eligibility requirements:
    • BS/BA degree in a health-related field or in early childhood/child development.
    • Knowledge of early care and education and operation of child care facilities
    • Have at least one year experience in adult training or education.

Course Format, Cost and Schedule

The EPR in Child Care Train-the-Trainer course is online and free of charge. It is largely self-paced and takes approximately 4 weeks to complete. It is offered 3 or 4 times each year.

Application and Additional Information

If an individual does not meet eligibility criteria in an area where there is a need for an EPR trainer a Request for Approval form may be submitted along with the EPR Train-the-Trainer application. Submit both documents to: clearym@unc.edu.

Submit the application and Request for Approval form, if needed, as Word document attachments to: clearym@unc.edu

Direct questions to:

Mary Cleary
Training Specialist
NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
919-707-5679

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Administration of Medication in Child Care

Course description

The Administration of Medication in Child Care Train-the-Trainer Course prepares nurses and child care health consultants (CCHCs) to offer training for early educators to ensure the safe administration of medication to children in early care and education settings, specifically how to:

  • identify, measure, store and dispose of medication
  • practice administering medication
  • design a system for ensuring correct medication administration
  • develop a medication administration policy
  • develop teams of early educators/directors, health care professionals, and parent/guardians to ensure the safe administration of medication to children in early care and education settings.

Trainer Eligibility

Who is eligible to be an Administration of Medication in Child Care trainer?

  1. A CCHC who is a Registered Nurse (RN) OR
  2. A CCHC with partner who is a RN, pediatrician, or other licensed health care professionals with experience in child care.

Course Format, Cost and Schedule

The Administration of Medication in Child Care Train-the-Trainer course is offered several times a year at different locations in North Carolina. It is a face-to-face training and takes five hours to complete. The fee of $25 includes payment for materials and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Application and Additional Information

Submit the application as a Word document attachment to: clearym@unc.edu

Direct questions to:

Mary Cleary
Training Specialist
NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
919-707-5679

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On-Going Support for Trainers

Trainer Listservs

Participants who have successfully concluded EPR in Child Care, Administration of Medication in Child Care, or ITS-SIDS Train-the-Trainer course are subscribed to a listserv that provides periodic updates and information. The listserv is also a forum for posing questions and receiving ideas and suggestions about training and best practices.

If your contact information has changed, contact Mary Cleary at clearym@unc.edu to insure you will continue receiving current listserv postings.

Posting of Trainers

Trainer's name and contact information are included in the statewide trainer's spreadsheet. The spreadsheets are posted LINK and on the DCDEE website.

OneDrive

Trainers can access materials for offering trainings to early educators. Training materials for each subject are located in a OneDrive account that can be accessed through the NC Resource Library in FabrikOne. When trainers complete the Train-the-Trainer session they receive the link for accessing the OneDrive.

NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Library

The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Library is accessible through Smart Start's: FabrikONE Portal. This resource library contains materials, tools, and training resources to support the implementation of the Child Care Health Consultant program in North Carolina. This CCHC Resource Library is available at no cost. All of the documents and training materials included were developed and maintained by the NC Resource Center.

Some of the information in the Resource Library is password protected. Contact Mary Cleary at clearym@unc.edu if you have completed the topic-specific training and would like the password.

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For early educators looking for training:

Individuals providing care in NC licensed child care facilities must meet specific training requirements. The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center maintains lists of qualified active trainers. Click on the links below to locate a trainer for the following topics in a location near you:

Infant Toddler Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care (ITS-SIDS)

Search To find an ITS-SIDS trainer, email Mary Cleary at clearym@unc.edu

The ITS-SIDS training prepares caregivers to set up safe sleep environments and follow safe sleep practices that may reduce the risk of injury and death from SIDS deaths and other sleep related accidents.

NC Child Care Rules require the following people to complete ITS-SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care Training

  • center directors/owners/operators of programs licensed to care for infants 12 months of age or younger
  • caregivers who are scheduled to work in the infant room
  • substitutes and volunteers who work in the infant room and are counted in the staff/child ratio
  • family child care providers licensed to care for infants 12 months of age or younger.

This includes staff scheduled to work in the infant room and all substitutes and volunteers. ITS-SIDS training must be completed within two months of being hired or of becoming an administrator. The course must be repeated every three years.

Reference: NC Child Care Rules .0725(f) and .1705(b) (4)?

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Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care (EPR)

Search Find an EPR in Child Care trainer (PDF Format)

This training provides early educators with information and tools to prepare for many types of emergencies. The EPR in Child Care Training addresses new NC Child Care Rules on emergency preparedness, current best practice recommendations, and guidance on completing the online EPR Plan. The EPR Plan template is on the North Carolina Emergency Management website.

NC Child Care Rules require a designated individual from all licensed centers and family child care homes

  • complete the EPR in Child Care Training
  • submit a facility EPR Plan

Reference: NC Child Care Rules 10A NCAC 09 .0607(b) and 10A NCAC 09 .1705(b)(6)

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Administration of Medication in Child Care

Search To find an Administration of Medication in Child Care trainer, email Mary Cleary at clearym@unc.edu

This course is an in-person, two-part course that can be taken separately or all at once.

Part 1: Overview of Medications in Child Care (1 hour, in-person)

Participants learn about NC Child Care Rules and best practices addressing medication administration in child care. Topics included are receiving, documenting, storing, and disposing of types of medication and forms required to be completed prior to giving medication. Participants will learn how to recognize, respond to and report a medication error.

Enrollment in the course is open to all child care administrators and child care facility staff members. The course counts towards the CCDF training requirements for Administration in Medication.

Part 2: Administration of Medication in Child Care (2.5 hours, in-person)

Participants learn the six rights of medication administration and proper procedures for oral, inhalation, topical, instillation, and simple injection administrations. Administration of common emergency medications such as epinephrine auto injectors and nebulizers is covered. An in-person review of each participant's skills and competency is required for completion of the training.

Enrollment in the course is open to individuals who have taken Part 1: Overview of Medications in Child Care.

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Additional Trainings

  1. NC Playground Safety Training
    The revised online NC Playground Safety Train-the-Trainer training.
  2. Go NAP SACC
    Child-specific healthy eating and physical activity online tools.
  3. Be Active Kids
    An interactive health program for children ages birth to five in child care centers, child care homes, and schools across North Carolina.
  4. Child Care Development Fund Training requirements
    Child care providers who have direct responsibility for the care and oversight of children, including center administrators and family child care home operators, are required to complete overview trainings on these health and safety topics:
    • Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization
    • Administration of medication, with standards for parental consent
    • Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
    • Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event
    • Prevention of shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment
    • Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices
    • Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic;
    • Precautions in transporting children, if applicable
    • Recognizing and reporting child abuse, child neglect, and child maltreatment
    • Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants
    • CPR and First Aid training

Contact a child care health consultant (CCHC) in your area for training opportunities. If you do not have a CCHC in your county, contact the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center for assistance.

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