Guidelines, learning objectives, and self evaluation — Fall 2011
In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) regulates the training of people who work in home- and center-based facilities.
Must training meet criteria? DFPS recognizes clock hours or continuing education units (CEU) from various sources including 1) workshops offered by local school districts, colleges or universities, or child care licensing; 2) conferences; 3) self-instructional materials; and 4) planned learning opportunities. See minimum standards, §746.1317 for center-based care and §747.1315 for home-based care for further details.
All training must include specifically stated learning objectives; a curriculum, which includes experiential or applied activities; an assessment to determine whether the person has met the objectives; and a certificate of successful completion.
Does DFPS approve training resources or trainers for clock hours? No. It’s your responsibility to obtain relevant training from reliable resources. DFPS does recommend, however, that you preview all training materials and ask trainers to verify their knowledge of the subject—both experience and education, and training qualifications.
What is instructor-led training? This is usually a class led by an instructor, who communicates and interacts with learners by answering questions, providing feedback, and offering guidance or information on resources. Advantages include getting a break from the isolation of your work, networking and support, sharing knowledge, and learning about different practices in early care and education.
What is self-instructional training? This is training in which an individual works alone, at her own pace, to complete lessons or modules without the direction, assistance, or feedback of an instructor. That is why CPR and first aid training cannot be obtained through self-instructional training.
DFPS limits the number of annual training hours you can obtain from self-instructional materials. Check your minimum standards for details on these limitations; for home-based care, see §747.1325. For center-based care, see §746.1327.
How do I verify training for DFPS? To be counted toward compliance with minimum standards, the trainer or training source should provide you with a certificate or letter showing: your name, date of the training, title or subject of the training, the trainer’s name or the training source for self-instructional training, and the length of the training specified in clock hours, CEU’s, or college credit hours.
Keep all documentation in a safe place like a file cabinet or personnel file. DFPS licensing representatives may ask to review self-instructional materials to ensure training criteria are met. Do not mail your documentation to child care licensing or to the Texas Child Care Quarterly.
Can I use Texas Child Care for self-instructional training? Yes. DFPS will recognize two clock hours of self-instructional training credit from this issue, provided you do the following: 1. Review the Learning objectives and evaluation checklist. 2. Study all articles that relate to your work with children. 3. Respond to the checklist with documented evidence (written descriptions, photographs, and charts, for example). Continue to study the article until you can provide documentation and answer “Yes” to each skill. 4. Attach a copy of the checklist or a cover page to your documentation. Be sure to include your name, the date you completed the documentation, and identify the issue and titles of the articles you studied.
Learning objectives and evaluation checklist
“I want my mommy,” Guiding children at nap time
I can describe in writing at least three research findings on separation anxiety.
I can describe in writing four guidelines for helping children have peaceful nap times.
I can document with lesson plans, photographs, and anecdotal records the ways in which I encourage appropriate rest times for the children in my care.
Fluorescent lighting: Function, energy use, cost, and safety
I can describe in writing the ways in which lighting can influence how children function in their environments.
I can provide in writing a description of the fluorescent lights and why they are effective in classrooms and learning areas.
I can describe in writing the proper clean-up and disposal procedures for broken bulbs and tubes.
Puppets: Make them and use them
I can describe in writing at least four reasons why puppets are an important learning and teaching tool.
I can document with lesson plans, photographs, and anecdotal records the ways in which I have used puppets in my classroom.
I can document at least three ways children actively engage in puppet play.
Loving’s not enough: Planning for meaningful learning and authentic assessment
I can describe in writing the reasons why documentation is important to children’s continued learning.
I can list four basic observation tools and tell how and why each is used.
I can document with photos, lesson plans, portfolio entries, journals, and anecdotal records the ways in which I have observed children and documented their behaviors.
Talking with children about eggs
I can describe in writing the dangers of salmonella, precautions for avoiding salmonella, and the responses I should take if I suspect salmonella poisoning.
I can provide tip sheets and handouts I’ve used to help families understand the nutritional benefits of eggs.
I can document with photos, lesson plans, portfolio entries, journals, and anecdotal records children’s participation in at least four activities described in this article.