Today I am thinking about Professional Development ---we all have those days that we set aside each year for Professional Development, right?

I remember my mom, a teacher, spent her summer taking classes to get better at her craft in the classroom. (I know she has many thankful students because of that!) My husband, who works for the city, has to take waste water classes to help keep our water safe. (I like clean water!) I also remember my children’s child care staff having to take trainings and even myself, as a Child Care Consultant, have to keep up-to-date on trainings! Did you know that 4,899 child care providers took training from Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral last year? ( Not to mention the providers that took college classes, online trainings or attended conferences for training hours! That is a lot of child care related learning! (I love that!)

Do you still have children in child care? Have you ever asked about what classes your provider has taken this year? Or if they have implemented new things into their program because of the trainings they have taken? I know providers would love to share this information with parents! (Just ask!) Child care providers, tell parents, let them know what classes you are taking and display your certificates after completion!

Some classes that child care providers take are based on these topics:

  • Environments
  • Nutrition
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Health and Safety
  • Business Practices

Registered Child Development Home providers in the state of Iowa are required to have a minimum of 12 hours of professional development (PD) each year, on top of their CPR & 1st aid classes! For people working in a center as a full-time teacher, they are required to have at least 6 hours of training above and beyond their CPR and 1st aid requirements.

I personally like PD days because when else are you able to get together with other professionals in your field and talk about things that just pertain to you?! I love the networking PD brings to any field, and I think there are always new things to learn when working in early childhood, as I do. I know that things are always evolving and new research comes out to help us, as early childhood professionals and as parents!

Child care providers, have you checked out the latest trainings that are happening close to you? If not, you can simply log on the DHS Training Registry and look at upcoming training. If you are not sure how to enroll, just call your local Child Care Consultant and they will be able to help you out!


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