Health & Safety Training 

There are three Health and Safety curriculum  available to meet every modality of child care.

1. Family/Group Family Child Care:  Health and Safety: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Day Care Provider(Health and Safety Training) is required by the NYS Office of Children & Family Services  before a person can open a family or group family child care program.

2. Directors of Day Care Centers/SACC/Legally Exempt Group Programs:  Health and Safety: Competencies in Child Care for Day Care Center, School-Age Child Care and Enrolled Legally Exempt Group Directors.(Health and Safety Training) 

  • 15 hour classroom training “Health and Safety Training: Competencies in Child Care for Day Care Center, School-age Child Care, and Enrolled Legally Exempt Group Directors”
  • Required pre-service or within three (3) months of start date
  • Find training at:

3. Center/SACC Staff:  Health and Safety: Competencies in Child Care for Day Care Center and School-Age Child Care Program Staff .

  • This course is NOT mandatory- but is highly recommended for new staff in order to help them gain a better understanding of OCFS regulations and their role in your organization.

Health & Safety Training was developed by the Early Childhood Education and Training Program in collaboration with the NYS Office of Children & Family Services.  This training must be presented by a certified Health & Safety Trainer.  The St. Lawrence Child Care Council has a certified Health & Safety Trainer on our staff.    

Health and Safety Training Overview:
•  Learn to provide safe and secure play spaces for children.
•  Prepare for situations such as fires and medical emergencies with proven methods that follow NYS regulations.
•  Review how to complete required forms such as your Health Care Plan.
•  Learn your responsibilities as a mandated reporter of child abuse.
•  Provide a healthy environment by practicing infection control techniques, learning to conduct daily health checks,      and keeping accurate health histories.  

After completing all Health & Safety Training sessions, participants will have earned 15 training hours (and .15 Continuing Education Units).  

Health & Safety Training is scheduled on a quarterly basis in St. Lawrence County unless there is enough demand and participants for additional classes.  

If you have questions about Health & Safety Training contact
Dee Burlingame at (315) 393-6474 Ext. 14

If you have questions about regulations contact
Katy Pinkerton at (315) 393-6474 Ext. 17