10A NCAC 09 .1703          on-going REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME OPERATORS

(a)  After receiving a license, family child care home operator shall:

(1)           Update the health questionnaire annually. The Division may request an evaluation of the operator's emotional and physical fitness to care for children when there is reason to believe that there has been a deterioration in the operator's emotional or physical fitness to care for children. This request may be based upon factors such as observations by the director or center staff, reports of concern from family, reports from law enforcement or reports from medical personnel. The Division may require the operator to obtain written proof that he or she is free of active tuberculosis when the Division determines that the operator was exposed to a person with active tuberculosis;

(2)           Renew First Aid training on or before expiration of the certification appropriate for the ages of children in care;

(3)           Renew CPR course on or before the expiration of the certification appropriate for the ages of children in care;

(4)           Renew ITS-SIDS training every three years from the completion of previous ITS-SIDS training; and

(5)           Complete Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment training within 90 days of licensure. This training shall count toward requirements set forth in Paragraph (d) of this Rule. Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment training is available at https://www.preventchildabusenc.org/.

(b)  Family child care home operators and staff members shall complete health and safety training within one year of employment, unless the operator or staff member has completed the training within the year prior to beginning employment or within the year prior to receiving a license. Health and safety training shall be in addition to the pre-licensing visit and new staff orientation requirements set forth in Rules .1702(d) and .1729(c) of this Section. The following persons shall be exempt from this requirement:

(1)           service providers such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists; and

(2)           substitutes who provide services for less than 10 days in a 12-month period.

(c)  The health and safety training shall include the following topic areas:

(1)           Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization;

(2)           Administration of medication, with standards for parental consent;

(3)           Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions;

(4)           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;

(5)           Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event;

(6)           Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants;

(7)           Precautions in transporting children, if applicable;

(8)           Prevention of shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment;

(9)           CPR and First Aid training as required in Rule .1102(c) and (d) of this Chapter;

(10)         Recognizing and reporting child abuse, child neglect, and child maltreatment; and

(11)         Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices.

(d)  After the first year of employment, the family child care home operator, and staff who work with children shall complete on-going training activities as follows:

(1)          

Education and Experience

Required Training

Four-year degree or higher advanced degree in a child care related field of study from a regionally accredited college or university

5 clock hours

Two-year degree in a child care related field of study from a regionally accredited college or university, or persons with a North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential

8 clock hours

Certificate or diploma in a child care related field of study from a regionally accredited college or university, or persons with a North Carolina Early Childhood Credential

10 clock hours

10 years documented experience as a teacher, director, or caregiver in a licensed child care arrangement

15 clock hours

If none of the other criteria in this chart apply

20 clock hours

 

(2)           complete health and safety training as part of on-going training so that every five years, all the topic areas set forth in Paragraph (c) of this Rule will have been covered;

(3)           cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training shall not be counted toward meeting    annual on-going training activities in Subparagraph (d)(1) of this Rule;

(4)           a combination of college coursework, Continuing Education Units (CEU's) or clock hours shall be used to complete the requirements in Subparagraph (d)(1) of this Rule; and

(5)           any staff working less than 40 hours per week may choose to complete on-going training requirements as outlined in Paragraph (d)(1) of this Rule or the training requirement may be prorated as follows:

 

WORKING HOURS PER WEEK

CLOCK HOURS REQUIRED

0-10

5

11-20

10

21-30

15

31-40

20

 

(e)  For purposes of this Rule, "regionally accredited" means a college or university accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies:

(1)           Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;

(2)           New England Association of School and Colleges;

(3)           North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;

(4)           Northwest Accreditation Commission;

(5)           Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or

(6)           Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

(f)  The family child care home operator and staff members shall complete a professional development plan within one year of employment and at least thereafter. The plan shall:

(1)           document the individual's professional development goals;

(2)           be appropriate for the ages of children in their care;

(3)           include the continuing education, coursework or training needed to meet the individual's planned goals;

(4)           be completed by the operator and staff member in a collaborative manner; and

(5)           be maintained in their personnel file.

Sample professional development plan templates may be found on the Division's website at http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/providers/pv_provideforms.asp. Another form may be used other than the sample templates provided by the Division as long as the form includes the information set forth in this Rule.

(g)  Each family child care home operator shall have a record of training activities in which each staff member participates, including copies of training certificates or official documentation provided by the trainer. That record shall include the subject matter, topic area in G.S. 110-91(11), training provider, date provided, hours, and name of staff who completed the training. This documentation shall be on file and current.

(h)  The family child care home operator and staff members may meet on-going training requirements by attending child-care workshops, conferences, seminars, or courses, provided each training activity satisfies the following criteria:

(1)           Prior approval from the Division shall not be required for training offered by a college or university with nationally recognized regional accreditation, a government agency, or a state, or international professional organization or its affiliates, provided the content complies with G.S. 110-91(11). Government agencies or state or national professional organizations who provide training shall submit an annual training plan for review by the Division. The plan is not required for any state, national, or international conferences sponsored by a professional child care organization.

(2)           Prior approval from the Division shall be required for any agencies, organizations, or individuals not specified in Subparagraph (1) of this Paragraph who wish to provide training for child care operators and staff. To obtain such approval, the agency, organization, or individual shall:

(A)          complete and submit on-going training approval forms provided by the Division 15 business days prior to the training event that includes the name and qualifications of the trainer, name of training, target audience and content of the training;

(B)          submit a training roster, to the Division, listing the attendees' name, the county of employment, and day time phone number no later than 15 days after the training event;

(C)          provide training evaluations to be completed by attendees; and

(D)          keep the training rosters and evaluations on file for two years.

(3)           Distance learning shall be permitted from trainers approved by the Division or offered by an accredited post-secondary institution, as listed on the United States Department of Education's Database of Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. Distance learning shall not be permitted for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.

(i)  The Division shall approve training based upon the following factors:

(1)           the trainer's education, training, and experience relevant to the training topic;

(2)           content that is in compliance with G.S. 110-91(11); and

(3)           contact hours for the proposed content and scope of the training session.

(j)  The Division shall deny approval of training to:

(1)           Agencies, organizations, or individuals not meeting the standards listed in this Rule and in G.S. 110-91(11); and

(2)           Agencies, organizations, or individuals who intentionally falsify any information submitted to the Division.

(k)  Agencies, organizations, or individuals who intentionally falsify any information submitted to the Division pursuant to this Rule shall be permanently ineligible to apply for approval of training.

(l)  Denial of approval of training or a determination of falsification is appealable pursuant to G.S. 110-94 and the North Carolina Administrative Procedure Act, G.S. 150B-23.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-85; 110‑88; 110-91; 143B‑168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2015; July 1, 2008; May 1, 2004; July 1, 1998; November 1, 1989; January 1, 1987;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 23, 2016;

Readopted Eff. October 1, 2017 (Transferred from 10A NCAC 09 .1705).