This is the state-mandated 8 hours a childcare employee must have before entering the classroom.  I’ve titled it “Rules and Regulations.”

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We start out learning about me and then about you, so we have a good understanding of where each is coming from.  Then we look at what we’ll be talking about for pretty much all day!

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This is an extremely broad “about.” The class is really too content-packed to have most of it condensed into one slide!

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I’ve broken the training into sections, each looks like the slide above.  Some sections are only a few slides but many are quite a few slides long.  The first few sections are really a broad introduction to working in licensed child care.

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A few slides show the different elements to reading Minimum Standards.

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I intersperse some practical advice throughout.

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There are several activities interspersed in the training.  They are all intended to be small-group activities but could also be done as a large group.  My goal for the activities is for us to get a break from me talking, to create discussion with-in groups, and to help teachers think of practical applications.

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I mix hitting the important Minimum Standards rules with real-life practicality, humor, and advice (well, that is my goal, at least!)

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This may be the longest section but I do try to distill the essence of Child Development into a short amount of time.

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I hit the high points of some major names in Child Development like Erikson, Piaget, and Skinner.  Then we look at how to use their theories in our everyday classrooms.

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Building on what we just discussed in Child Development, we move on into using a curriculum, lesson planning, scheduling, and expectations of the children in our classroom.

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And we use age-appropriate expectations to lead us into Discipline-one of my favorite subjects!  We will probably spend the most time on this subject, but it is so important to understand before entering a classroom.

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We start with the theoretic and move into the more practical.

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And this is a good time to transition into Positive Interaction because we can prevent Discipline problems before they ever start!

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This section talks about giving choices, establishing and maintaining good relationships with the children in our classroom, and phrasing our requests in a positive statement.

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Many of those same concepts are important for fostering children’s self-esteem, so it is a natural lead-in.  The biggest point I hit that is new to this section is praise vs. appreciation.

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Since we will have already talked about supervision and ratios earlier in the day, I focus more on safety.  We discuss keeping the children safe and protecting ourselves from unnecessary allegations.

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This is a fairly short and common sense section that basically reminds teachers to wash their hands, use gloves, and to clean and disinfect.

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When time permits, I will add in other practical ways to get along with co-workers and get off to a good start when working in a center.  This is basically a condensed version of part of the Back to the Basics training.  It can be added or left off due to time constraints or a director’s wishes.

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