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According to NYS OCFS Day Care Regulations, all child care providers and employees who work in a registered or licensed child care facility or home must have thirty (30) hours of training covering the nine (9) required training categories every two years. For new providers or employees, the first fifteen (15) hours of the thirty (30) must be completed within the first six (6) months of employment or initial registration. For programs/providers who receive a four-year registration/license, individuals must still complete thirty (30) hours of training every two years.



OCFS Training Categories for Registered/Licensed Child Care Providers

 Providers must meet 30 hours of training in the following categories every (2) years:

1. Principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care.

* Principles of childhood development include such things as meeting the physical, social, and developmental needs of children, including those with special needs; behavior management and discipline; promoting play and physical activity; individual development variation and learning styles; infant and toddler brain development and cross cultural skills and knowledge.

2. Nutrition and health needs of infants and children.

* Nutrition and health needs of infants and children include such things as healthy menu planning, obesity prevention, benefits of and how to encourage breastfeeding for mothers returning to work, training in infectious diseases, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), first aid, health and safety practices, preventive techniques in sudden infant death syndrome, and medication administration training.

3. Child day care program development.

Child day care program development topics include such things as the benefits of continuity of care practices, staff supervision and coaching, program variety and activity; infant, toddler, pre-school, and school age quality programming, promoting children’s language development and social and emotional skills, and establishing nurturing, stimulating environments; rest time policies and procedures including meeting the needs of children who do not nap; hand washing; meeting the program needs of mixed age groups in family day care and group family day care.

4. Safety and security procedures.

* Safety and security procedures include such things as the communication between parents and caregivers, emergency preparedness and response practices and procedures, fire safety, pool and water sports safety, playground safety, supervising daily activities and family engagement techniques.

5. Business record maintenance and management.

Business record maintenance and management includes such things as training in New York State and Federal requirements as a business owner and employer, child day care record keeping and documentation requirements, time maintenance, organizational skills, scheduling and coverage, and staff supervision and coaching.

6. Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention.

Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention includes such things as reporting protocol; how to make a report to the state central register; documenting incidents and daily health checks; child abuse policy/procedure including safety plan.

7. Statutes and regulation pertaining to child day care.

8. Statutes and regulation pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.

Statutes and regulation pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment includes such things as Mandated Reporter training; responsibilities of a mandated reporter.

9. Education and information on the identification, diagnosis, and prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome.


Child Care Council Training and Policy:

Payment Policy

All registrations submitted must include the full fee for all classes registered.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Check Return Policy

There will be a $35.00 charge for checks that are returned for non-sufficient funds.

Participation Policy

Children are NOT permitted to attend trainings.

Participants are expected to respect the trainer(s) and be professional.

Cell phones are to be turned off during the training(s).

Walk-in Participant Policy

Walk-in participants will only be allowed if room permits and fee is paid on entrance into training.

Cancelation Policy

In the event that a training must be canceled, every effort will be made to contact those registered.

For trainings canceled by the Council, fees will be refunded/transferred.

Cancelations will be accepted up to 48 hours before training in order for fee to be transferred to another training within that training calendar quarter.

Certificate Replacement: It is YOUR responsibility to keep your own training records.  There is a $10 replacement fee per certificate.

Request a training topic: If you would like to request a topic, please send your suggestions to or call 716-661-9430 ext. 2260.

General Questions on Registration/Training

Please call the Chautauqua Child Care Council at (716) 661-9430 ext. 2260.


OCFS Day Care Center Training Tracking Form

OCFS Individual Training Tracking Form (Child Care Personnel)

OCFS Division of Child Care Services