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Requirements & Resources
Early childhood professionals must be prepared to meet the developmental
needs of children from six weeks to age 11. This presents a unique challenge
to family child care providers. To meet the challenge, there are training
requirements for those who are responsible for the care of children in licensed
Training Requirements for Providers and Caregivers
For the purpose of discussing training requirements, a provider
is defined as the license holder(s). A primary caregiver
is an adult caregiver who provides services in the licensed home more than
30 (part or full) days in any 12- month period.
Providers must complete eight hours
of training per year as listed in MN Statute 245A.50.
- Effective August 1, 2006, providers and each primary caregiver must
complete and document at least two hours of early childhood development
training within their first year of licensure. These two hours
will count towards the annual training requirement. Individuals
are exempt from this requirement if they have taken a three-credit course
on early childhood development within the past five years; have received
a baccalaureate or masters degree in early childhood education or school
age child care within the past five years; are licensed in Minnesota
as a prekindergarten teacher, an early childhood educator, a kindergarten
to sixth grade teacher with a prekindergarten specialty, an early childhood
special education teacher, or an elementary teacher with a kindergarten
endorsement; or have received a baccalaureate degree with a Montessori
certificate within the past five years.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) fka Sudden Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma fka Shaken Baby Syndrome and SBS video
- Providers must document that all caregivers, including themselves,
their substitutes, and/or helpers who assist in the care of infants
(age 6 weeks to 12 months) have received training on reducing the risk
of sudden unexpected infant death syndrome and abusive head trauma before
providing care to an infant. Effective August 1, 2009, training
on each topic must be at least 1/2 hour
in length and must be completed at least once every five years when
caring for children up to age five. For initial licensure, applicants must attend a class for SIDS & SBS. Thereafter, an option is to complete the SUID & AHT training on-line.
- For a listing of current training opportunities, for licenseholders, on this topic,
see SUID/AHT Training Classes (current as of 9/30/13)
- Helpers and substitute caregivers only may complete the SIDS training packet and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) training packet (on our website) along with the SBS video, to fulfull their training requirements for Anoka County.
- In addition to training on Abusive Head Trauma, all caregivers must
view an approved SBS video presentation on the dangers associated with shaking
infants and young children. The video must be viewed prior to
initial licensure and annually thereafter. The video is available for
check out at local libraries or may be
- Providers must also perform an annual Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website crib recall check. Go
to the CPSC website at
and then document it on the Monthly Crib Safety Inspection form.
First Aid & CPR
- When children are present, at least one caregiver must be currently
trained in CPR and the treatment of obstructed airways. Training
must be received from an approved CPR instructor and must be repeated
at least once every three years. For first year providers, CPR training
hours are in addition to the annual 8 hours training
- Effective May 17, 2006, substitute caregivers who are employed
for less than 30 hours during a 12-month period are exempt from
the CPR and first aid training requirements.
- Also effective May 17, 2006, legislation was enacted that allows
video training of first aid and CPR for providers, IF approved
by the licensing agency. Currently, Anoka County has
not approved video or on-line training for CPR or First Aid.
- When children are present in the home, at least one caregiver must
be present who has been trained in First Aid. This training may be less
than 8 hours, and must have been provided by an approved First Aid instructor.
Child Passenger Restraint Systems
- Before a license holder, caregiver or helper transports a child
or children under age nine in a motor vehicle, the person transporting
the child must satisfactorily complete training on the proper installation
of child restraint systems in motor vehicles. The Department of
Public Safety must approve this training. They are currently approving
training that is three hours in length. Training must be repeated at
least once every five years. Child passenger restraint training may
be used to meet initial or ongoing training requirements.
- For a listing of current training opportunities on this topic,
see Child Passenger Safety Education Classes (current as of 10/01/13)
Additional Resources for Training
Also, see the schedule for
orientation training sessions offered by Anoka County Child Care Licensing.
Online and Correspondence Training
There are a growing number of online and correspondence training options
geared for child care providers. Links to some of these training resources
are provided below. Many of these training programs are very good and the
convenience of training at home can be attractive to some providers. Anoka
County also recognizes the importance of providers connecting face to face
with one another, particularly during their first year of being licensed.
In order to promote a balanced and effective training experience, Anoka
County observes the following criteria for training approval:
- Initial Training Requirement (within the first year of licensure):
Anoka County strongly encourages newly licensed providers to attend classes, but will accept online and correspondence training to meet first year, eight-hour training requirement, except for SIDS & SBS and Child Passenger Restraint trainings.
- Ongoing Training Requirement: With proper course documentation,
online training programs will be accepted for training credit. In order
to ensure that credit will be given for a particular online course,
providers are encouraged to get prior approval from their licensing
Online training resources available to child care providers:
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