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Family Day Care Home Training Requirements

Family Day Care Home Operators & Substitutes
Working 40 Hours or More a Month

Introductory Training

Prior to Licensure and Caring for Children

Complete 30 hours of mandated training by passage of a competency exam or educational exemption

  • Family Child Care Home Rules and Regulations (6 hours)
  • Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (4 hours)
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition (8 hours)
  • Child Growth and Development (6 hours)
  • Behavioral Observation and Screening (6 hours)

Additional Required Training Timeframes

Prior to Licensure and Caring for Children

Early Literacy

  • Early Literacy for Children Birth to Three (5 hours) online course
  • Emergent Literacy for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Instructors (5 hours) online course
  • One of the department’s approved literacy training courses
  • One college level early literacy course (for credit or non-credit) if taken within the last five years

Prior to Licensure and Caring for Children

First Aid and Pediatric CPR

Must maintain an active certificate of course completion for pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedures and first aid training at all times. CPR courses must include an on-site instructor-based skills assessment that shall be documented by the certified CPR instructor.

Prior to Licensure and Caring for Children

Universal Precautions/Exposure Plan

All child care personnel are required to be educated on the program’s Exposure Plan regarding universal safety precautions prior to beginning work and annually thereafter.

Within First 30 Days of Licensure or Employment

Fire Extinguisher Training

All child care personnel must complete training in the use and operation of a fire extinguisher.

Safe Sleep/Shaken Baby Syndrome Training

All child care personnel who work in a home that offers care to infants must complete one of the following:

  • DCF Health, Safety and Nutrition (8 hours) OR
  • DCF Safe Sleep Practices for Child Care (1 hour) OR
  • Early Learning Florida’s Safe Sleep Practices (1 hour)

Prior to Administration of Medication

Medication Administration

Prior to administering medication to children, child care personnel responsible for administering medication must complete training on proper medication administration procedures.