Online Child Care Training Courses

Online Child Care Training Courses 

Online child care training courses are a great way to complete required annual training's from the comfort of your own home. Each state has it's own rules regarding teacher and director requirements. For example, in the State of Texas, teachers are required to complete 24 clock hours of annual training. (No more than 80% of the required training hours may be online. No more than three of those self-instructional hours may come from self-study training.)

These training topics include some of the topics listed below:

  • Overview of the Minimum Standards
  • Discipline and Guidance 
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • The location and use of fire extinguishers
  • Administering Medication
  • Preventing and Responding to Allergic Reactions 
  • Building and Physical Premises Safety
  • Handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials
  • Transportation Safety- Children 
  • Developmental Stages of Children 
  • Child Growth & development 
  • Safe Sleep Practices 
  • Recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome 
  • Care of children with special needs 

Child care center directors in the State of Texas are required to complete 30 hours of child care courses annually. The courses above may also apply to the child care center director. Additional courses in management techniques, leadership, or staff supervision are necessary depending on the length of time the director has held their director's position. 

Which method is better? 

Essentially, the answer is, how do you learn best? There are people who retain more information by reading through the material online. They are able to stop, start, and write down the information to get a better understanding of the lesson. However, there are also people who learn best through the help of an instructor. They are able to ask questions throughout the lesson to understand the content being presented. There is no right, or wrong way to earn your child care professional development hours.