Welcome to our Family Child Care Provider e-news feature that includes resources specifically for family child care providers in the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio. Stay tuned to receive the latest updates to help support you in your business and your journey to providing quality care for our youngest learners.
The next Family Child Care Connections virtual meeting is on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 1-2:30 p.m. The topic for this month is “Fun In the Summer Sun.” Click this Zoom link at the meeting start time to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88208439648?pwd=RDAxVDIxeFR3d0V2K1pPdWxXdk01QT09#success
The goal for these sessions is to support family child care providers in daily interactions with children and families in a relaxed, professional virtual environment.
Here are some action steps to take and some important reminders for your family child care business this month:
All About Water Safety
- Keep children close, within-your-sight of supervision at all times is the key.
- Put children in a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when around water, pools, or hot tubs.
FACT: Children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
- Empty water from buckets and other containers immediately after use.
- Use toilet locks to prevent the drowning of toddlers. Do not leave young children alone in the bathroom.
- Never leave young children unsupervised in the bathtub.
- Avoid using infant seats in the bathtub due to a tip-over risk.
Fun Activity: Making Ice Cube Chalk
Whip up a batch of homemade chalk paint using equal parts corn starch and water. Split the mixture up into smaller batches and then add in your favorite washable paint colors. Pour the colored mixtures into ice cube trays and freeze. Do this the day before using the chalk. When it’s time to play, pop the ice chalk out of the trays into a bowl and let the kids draw and experiment on the pavement. The colors get more vibrant as they melt.
Required Ohio Approved Professional Development Training
We are now approaching the end of the first year of the biennium. To determine the professional development hours that you are required to complete you can view your Professional Development certificate in OPR profile. Depending on where you started in the star rating process you may need up to 20 hours of Ohio Approved training by June 2023.
- Understanding Homelessness | June 6 at 6:30 PM | Dayton Office
- The Imprint of Trauma | June 18 at 10 AM | Virtual
- ELDS Level 1 | June 22 at 6 PM | Cincinnati Office\
JFS Rule: on Transportation:
D)What are the vehicle requirements for a licensed family childcare home?
- (1) Any vehicle operated by the family childcare home provider, childcare staff member, or substitute childcare staff member to transport children for routine trips or field trips shall be always mechanically safe.
- (2) Requirements for type A home vehicles used for transportation of children are listed in appendix B to this rule.
- (3) Requirements for type B home vehicles used for transportation of children are listed in appendix C to this rule.
(E)When shall vehicles used for transporting children be inspected?
- (1) The licensed family childcare provider shall maintain documentation that staff have performed weekly inspections followed by any necessary repairs or other appropriate actions, for the following items:
- (a)A visual inspection of the vehicle’s tires for wear and adequate pressure.
- (b)A visual inspection for working headlights and taillights, signals, mirrors, wiper blades and dash gauges.
- (c)An inspection for properly functioning child and driver restraints.
- (d)An inspection for properly functioning doors and windows.
- (e)An inspection for, and cleaning of, debris from the vehicle’s interior.