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Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers [22 VAC 40 ‑ 185]
Action Amend Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers to Address Federal Health and Safety Requirements
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Comment Period Ends 5/12/2021
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5/12/21  2:21 pm
Commenter: Ellen McDonald, McDonald Montessori School

22VAC40-185-245 Ongoing Training

A. Staff shall complete annually a minimum of 16 hours of training appropriate to the age of the child in care.

There are many requirements for training including, but not limited to the VDSS sponsored 10-hour training course, CPR, First Aid, Daily Health Observation, Food Handler’s certification, recognizing suspected child abuse and neglect, in addition to in-house staff policies, procedures, and so forth. Are these trainings part of the 16-hour requirement? Or are they in addition to? Or are they partially credited towards the annual 16-hour training requirement?  Clarification would be quite helpful. Perhaps a breakdown of the requirements would be helpfull.

For example:

VDOE requires 16-hours of annual training appropriate to the age of the child.VDSS orientation may be credited once in the initial year of employment 5 hours will apply towards the annual 16 hours.  VDOE requires the mandated reporters training where 1 hour will be applied towards the 16-hour requirement.  This training may occur once every 3 years. CPR and First Aid training is required and may be executed annually where 4 hours is credited towards the 16-hour requirement. In house procedures and policies are completed annually during the staff orientation period for a maximum of 3 hours.


So, with this scenario the teacher completed;

VDSS orientation-                                                 5 hours (required annually)

VDOE mandated reporters-                                  1 hour (only required every 3 years)

CPR & First Aid-4 hours

Program policies & procedures orientation-        3 hours

The total training time-                                        13 hours

The remaining                                                       3 hours can be from other sources, 

books, courses, presentations, 

meetings, etc.


Is that the intention of the training requirements? I believe they need to be clearly established, so that the proper training can be obtained in a timely manner. 

CommentID: 98450