What Extra Training Is Necessary To Become A Licensed Day Care Provider

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					What Extra Training Is Necessary To Become A Licensed Day Care Provider?

It is common knowledge that being a good day care provider requires a
tremendous amount of patience, love, endurance, tenacity, an easy nature
and a genuine love of children. Unfortunately, these traits are not
always sufficient preparation for the conflicts and controversies that
may arise from being responsible for a diverse group of infants, toddlers
and preschoolers on a daily basis. Because of this, state licensing
boards require that day care directors and teachers complete a minimum
amount of extra training prior to being licensed.

All day care providers are required to obtain and maintain a national
certification in first aid and safety, as well as pediatric CPR and
rescue breathing. This is very important, especially for in-home
caregivers who live a great distance from the hospital and may not always
be able to be quickly reached by an ambulance. Their ability to react
swiftly to emergency situations in this case may decide if the child
lives or dies. Training for this certification can be obtained by
individuals through the Red Cross. Class schedules are posted on their
website. If the Red Cross is not a feasible option, a local hospital or
fire department should be able to recommend another route and possibly
even share the details of when and where classes will be. Some groups
will allow those individuals attempting to obtain training for employment
purposes to join in their company certification classes, although the
individual will be responsible for their own course fees in such an
event.

A minimum level of secondary education in child development, psychology
or education is often required as well, the exact level of which being
dependent on the position an individual holds and their prior
programmatic experience. A day care provider should be able to deal with
all situations that arise with their students. Unfortunately, students
cannot be classified as good or bad and left to their own devices. If a
child is having difficulty learning or is displaying less than savory
behavior patterns a good day care teacher must then become a detective,
using their training in child development, psychology and education to
deduce the reason behind the problem and the most effective solution Most
colleges and universities will offer both individual classes and degree
programs in these subjects, and will offer financial aid to qualified
applicants attempting to complete a degree program.

Even after a license for a day care has been obtained, a provider's
training is not finished. All licensed day care providers must complete
an established amount of continuing education credits annually to
maintain their licensure. Continuing education credits are required for a
professional to keep abreast on current developments and keep their
knowledge up to date and in the forefront of their mind. These can be
obtained through classes, meetings, activities and seminars. A list of
approved continuing education activities can be obtained from employers
or through the licensing agency itself.

Being a daycare provider is a challenging job, without any of the
absolutes that can be found in many other fields. The required training
to obtain a license will allow an individual to travel to and remain at
the top in their profession.

				
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