Child Care: Qualifications for Providers - Topic Overview
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health
Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child
Care recommend that child care providers be educated and well-trained.1 Specific recommendations vary by position and type of child
care facility. In general, seek caregivers who are trained in child care issues
as well as educated in child growth and development. Directors should have a
college degree, have experience in child care, and provide ongoing training
opportunities for all staff.
Ask the following questions about the child care providers of group
Education level and training
What are the education and training
requirements for staff members? What childhood development classes or
certifications are required?
Are children who have special needs
enrolled in the facility? If so, what kind of special training do staff members
Are staff encouraged to continue their child care education
by attending workshops and lectures?
Are staff trained in general
health care practices?
Are staff members certified in basic first
aid and emergency care? Does at least one staff member have advanced first aid
General background and personality
Have all staff members had a thorough
background check, including fingerprinting?
How do staff handle
children's difficult behavior?
Are staff members sensitive to the
needs and abilities of shy children? Are staff members willing to let me help
my child transition to a new routine?
Can I observe for a while?
(It should be obvious from watching the children that they enjoy being with the