Substitutes - Definition & Training Requirements

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SUBSTITUTES – A substitute is an adult caregiver, over the age of 18, who works more than 30 hours, but less than 30 days in a 12-month period, when the licensed provider is not present in the home. 

Requirements to become a substitute caregiver:

  • Submit a background study
  • Sign a Chemical Substance Abuse form
  • Complete and submit all other forms & documents provided by the licensing agency

Initial Training Required:  

  • SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) training before caring for infants
  • AHT (Abusive Head Trauma) before caring for children under school-age 
  • CPR and First Aid training
  • Receive training from the provider on their Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Child Restraint Systems training (C.A.R.S) if transporting children under the age of 9

On-going Training Required:

  • SUID/AHT – Repeat every 2 years 
  • SUID/AHT Videos – View during the off year between the SUID/AHT training
  • CPR and First Aid – Repeat every 2 years
  • Review & initial the Emergency Preparedness Plan

 

EMERGENCY SUBSTITUTE:  An emergency substitute is an adult, over the age of 18, who works less than 30 hours in a 12-month period and assumes the responsibility of the licensed provider when the provider is not present in the home. 

Requirements to become an emergency substitute caregiver:

  • Submit a background study
  • Sign a Chemical Substance Abuse form
  • Complete and submit all other forms & documents provided by the licensing agency

Initial Training Required:  

  • SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death) training before caring for infants
  • AHT (Abusive Head Trauma) before caring for children under school-age 
  • CPR and First Aid training (not required but strongly recommended)
  • Receive training from the Provider on their Emergency Preparedness Plan

On-going Training Required:

  • SUID/AHT – Repeat every 2 years 
  • SUID/AHT Videos – View during the off year between the SUID/AHT training
  • CPR and First Aid – Repeat every 2 years  (not required)
  • Review & initial Emergency Preparedness Plan - Repeat annually