Managing Health and Safety in Child Care

12 Clock Hours / 1.2 CEUs / $52.00

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Course description

This course applies to children of all ages.

One of our most popular courses, Managing Health and Safety in Child Care will help you provide a healthy and safe environment. This course covers indoor and outdoor safety concerns, safe food handling, Universal and Standard Precautions, and other aspects of disease prevention. This course covers recognizing and reporting child abuse and specific strategies to strengthen families to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Managing Health and Safety in Child Care
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.

  • Illinois: Completing this course and our course Keeping Infants Safe meets the Illinois Day Care Home and Group Day Care Home 15-Hour Pre-Service requirement
  • Michigan: This course can be used to meet the prevention and control of infectious disease training, which includes immunizations.
  • Washington State: This course is not accepted for Washington Merit or Washington Stars clock hours.

NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Managing Health and Safety in Child Care you will be able to explain why environmental toxins are harmful to humans, and especially children; identify ways to minimize children’s exposure to toxins and prevent poisoning accidents; and much more! Click to view all of the learning outcomes for this course.

Topics covered

  • The importance of natural light for health
  • Ways to minimize children's exposure to noise pollution
  • Why environmental toxins are harmful to children
  • Ways to minimize children's exposure to environmental toxins
  • Ways to prevent poisoning accidents
  • The importance of nutrition and physical exercise in early childhood
  • Safe food-handling procedures
  • Hygienic toothbrushing routines
  • Sanitary hand-washing and diaper changing techniques
  • Symptoms of communicable diseases that may affect children
  • General requirements of excluding children with communicable diseases from attendance
  • Guidelines for reporting instance of communicable diseases to health officials
  • Ways to minimize the spread of communicable diseases
  • What to do when a communicable disease is diagnosed for suspected
  • Ways to keep children's play equipment and their indoor and outdoor space safe
  • Special safety considerations for infants and toddlers
  • Guidelines for handling accidents and injuries  
  • Vehicle safety precautions
  • Fire safety precautions
  • Guidelines for administering medication to children
  • Ways to ensure children's safety when they leave the early childhood facility
  • The definition, signs, and results of child abuse and neglect
  • How to report child abuse and neglect
  • Some reasons for child abuse and neglect
  • Common traits of abusive and neglectful parents
  • Ways to help children who have been abused and neglected


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

What our students say about Managing Health and Safety in Childcare

"I would just like to say thank you for such a great course. I just finished Managing Health and Safety in Child Care. I wish I would have taken this when I first opened my family daycare. I learned a lot from this course. I think this should be a mandatory course before anyone can work at a center or become a licensed daycare provider. Thank you as always for providing a great course and I will continue to do my training through you." - Union Bridge, Maryland

"I would recommend you guys to anyone. The course was easy to understand as well as the quiz. I also received my certificates sooner than I expected. Thanks so much!!" - Glenwood, Illinois

"I have been babysitting 41 years and 847 children have passed through our home from only one time of 2-3 hours to as long as 14 years.  I like your courses and they are still informative and clear and offer good solutions to problems even after 41 years." - San Antonio, Texas 

"Every course I do I learn more.  I really enjoyed this one!" - Carlisle, Pennsylvania 

"Very interesting. I learned a lot - even after doing day care for 22 years!" - Rochester, Minnesota

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at We will review your course and be in touch.

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