This is the state-mandated 8 hours a childcare employee must have before entering the classroom. I’ve titled it “Rules and Regulations.”
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!
This is an extremely broad “about.” The class is really too content-packed to have most of it condensed into one slide!
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.
A few slides show the different elements to reading Minimum Standards.
I intersperse some practical advice throughout.
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.
I mix hitting the important Minimum Standards rules with real-life practicality, humor, and advice (well, that is my goal, at least!)
This may be the longest section but I do try to distill the essence of Child Development into a short amount of time.
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.
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.
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.
We start with the theoretic and move into the more practical.
And this is a good time to transition into Positive Interaction because we can prevent Discipline problems before they ever start!
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.
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.
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.
This is a fairly short and common sense section that basically reminds teachers to wash their hands, use gloves, and to clean and disinfect.
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.