How to Track Child Care Certifications and Trainings

published | 11/22/2010

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Are your employees current on their CPR class? How many CE (Continuing Ed) hours does your staff have so far this year? Child care centers must know that employees are keeping up with periodic continuing education hours and health-and-safety certifications to provide high quality care for children.

It can be difficult to stay up to date on the child care certification and training requirements for each member of your staff, as well as how frequently they must be renewed. This is one area where child care management software can be valuable for your daycare center, after school program or preschool.

Tracking Child Care Certifications and Training 

Employee Data Software from Procare lets you track those types of requirements and training hours. To track employee certifications and continuing education hours, you can use either the Employee Requirements or Benefit Hours features, or both, depending on your situation.

Tracking Certifications with Requirements or Benefit Hours

Requirements are recorded much like immunization tracking. They may be a one-time or recurring event, such as a CPR certification. Benefit Hours, on the other hand, are entered on the Employee Time Card. They may be totaled based on the Benefit Code you assign, like “Training”. Using benefit hours is appropriate if you need to know the number of training hours (during specific dates) for each employee.

Using a Requirement

An example of a requirement might be a CPR certification renewal that occurs every 3 years. You would simply record the date the requirement was met. The Requirements Due report will include only staff who are near or past the required expiration date.

Sample Requirements Due report

Using Benefit Hours

Recording training hours in the Employee Time Card lets you report specific hours for a certain date range. A quick way to post training hours is to enter them through the Batch Post Time Card feature. Once recorded, you can run benefit code reports grouped and totaled by the code (or the employee) for the period selected.

Bonus Tip: To track hours based on the employee’s hire date, create Employee Tracking items to match each hire month. When you run reports, you can filter them by selecting only the hire month you’re interested in viewing.

Sample Benefit Hours Report By Employee

Sample Benefit Hours Report By Benefit Code

Keep in mind that you can use both of these methods together to give you the most flexibility in tracking your employee training and certification requirements!

Final Thoughts

To run a successful child care center, you need a staff that meets the training and education requirements of your center, as well as the various regulations required by the state. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of caring for children and forget when there is a training deadline coming up.

In order to complete child care certifications on time, child care centers need a consolidated view of each employee’s training status. The Employee Data module from Procare allows daycare centers, preschools, and after school programs to monitor these requirements seamlessly, ensuring the best child care experience.

Learn more about managing employee information and certifications with child care management software. 

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