All employees are required to take yearly CPR, first aid and universal precautions refresher courses. If we work with infants under 12 months, we must be at least 21 years old and are required to take yearly safe-sleep instruction (I’ve taken it so many times that I, probably, could teach it). Twelve hours of continuing education? At whose expense? I earn less than $10 an hour.
Most of the women with whom I work have neither the time (due to family obligations, school or second jobs) nor the funds to participate in more than the above mentioned required annual instruction. We maintain the same staff-to-child ratios as licensed facilities. We try very hard to comply with the ever-changing regulations within the limitations of the physical aspects of our building. How much more regulated would you like for us to be?
Kathryn L. Simpson, infants teacher, and Laurie Stuckey, day care director, Children’s Corner Daycare, First Presbyterian Church