Daycare providers must have the education and training to be able to have a license. It is one of the requirements to comply when applying for a license. Licensing rules on daycare centers is different from the country and the states. That is why daycare providers must be able to follow these rules.
One of the trainings compulsory to all states of America is the Cardio-Pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid while other trainings will depend on the state’s licensing rules. Training for CPR and First Aid are already included in coursework in colleges, universities, and organizations that are allowed by the state to give daycare education and training. Hence, the training are also provided by the state.
Classes offered through the State
In the state of South Carolina, degree courses associated with childhood education offered by different universities and colleges are comparable to those offered by other states of America. Establishing a career in the daycare or childcare industry can be easier if the individual would take up courses like childhood education, childhood education, and other early child courses.
On the other hand, the state of South Carolina recognizes closely related childhood courses, which means those who took up a different course can be given a chance to work in a daycare center given that the credits of the subjects are alike.
The classes included in the coursework of childcare courses include Child Care Laws, Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relations, Nutrition and Health, Psychology, and Small Business Management are the most common classes for a childcare degree. Furthermore, basic education classes are as important as the ones above; thus, they should be taken up as well.
Certifications Given for Completed Classes
All American states and territories accept three certificates. It is then dependent on the state if they require specific certificate which can only be attained to that specific.
The three certificates and credentials that are accepted in every state of America include the Child Development Associate (CDA), Certified Childcare Professional (CCP), and the National Administrator Credential (NAC). These certificates are only given to those who have completed the classes.
The CDA credential is given to those who have accomplished several requirements which is composed of 120 hours of training as stated by the Council for Professional Recognition, and who have effectively passed the verification visit to work with Infants/Toddlers or Preschoolers. This is required for entry-level credential for daycare providers. Moreover, CDAs must work with parents and children and should be proficient in 17 Functional Areas as set forth by the Council for Professional Recognition.
Another credential accepted in the state of Tennessee is the CCP. This credential enhances teaching skills and the individual’s proficiency. CCP are recommended for those teachers who did not finish their degree as well as to those who have taken up a different field.
The National Administrator Credential is developed for center directors and other childcare professionals. NAC is considered as the symbol of excellence that defines persons who have showed the knowledge important in managing a childcare center. Through NAC, participants will learn on development of the organization and program, implement suitable curriculum and food programs, institute marketing and communication initiatives, manage people, including legal issues, staff recruitment and supervision, maintain the facility, understand legal and regulatory issues, and create strong financial management systems.
The state of South Carolina is one of the states that do not require daycare providers a certificate which can only be obtained in the state.
However, you can contact the state departments that deal with family and children welfare for inquiries and clarifications. These departments guarantees and sustains the kind of foster care given to the children and family by enhancing skills and abilities of the people responsible in providing care whether residential or day care centers.
Cost of the Classes
The average yearly tuition fee in the state of South Carolina ranges from $3,000 to $30,000. Hence, the tuition rate is affected by some factors including type of school (whether public or private, vocational or non-vocational), location of the school, and the degree you are currently enrolled.
Required Classes that Day Care Providers Should Take
Daycare providers should take up classes that are offered by the state. Mentioned earlier are the courses early childhood education, childhood development, and the like are and can be accepted by the state as long as the working experience and credit hours are successfully met by daycare providers.
Education and Training Requirements for Daycare Director
Daycare director must age not less than 21 years old. The following requirements (at least one) should be met by the director:
- Holds a bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education from a recognized college or institution;
- Holds a bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or institution and a minimum of 6 months work experience as a caregiver in a licensed child daycare facility or the same setting.
- Holds an associate degree in child development/early childhood education from a recognized college with 2 years of working experience as a caregiver in a licensed child daycare facility or the same setting.
- Holds a diploma in child development/early childhood education from an accredited college or institution with 2 years of working experience as a caregiver in a licensed child daycare facility or the same setting.
- Holds a valid CDA Credential;
- Holds a high school diploma or General Educational Development Certificate (GED), aside from the 3 years of working experience as a caregiver in a licensed child daycare facility or the same setting. In the three years of the working experience, one year of it should be observed by other child daycare staff.
Education and Training Requirements for Daycare Staff:
Daycare staff should not age below 18 years old and have the same educational and working experience requirements. On the other hand, caregivers or staff below 18 years old may be considered as a staff-to-child ration given that they satisfy the following:
- Should be sixteen years old;
- They do not have the authority to lead the group and should be supervised by a staff person in the same room who is eighteen years and above.
- Daycare staff should be capable of reading and writing.
- Daycare staff shall have finished at least secondary education, GED, or any equivalent certificate. In addition, a minimum of 6 months of practice as staff in a certified child daycare facility or the same setting. In case that the staff does not meet the working experience, they shall be observed for 6 months by a staff with a minimum of one year of working experience as a caregiver in a certified child daycare facility or the same setting.
Links and Contact Information for Class Application
For questions, inquiries, and other concerns, daycare providers can contact state departments in South Carolina. Provided here are list of numbers:
Child Care Licensing Agency
South Carolina Department of Social Services
Child Care Licensing
2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 898-9020
Fax: (803) 898-9029
Head Start – State Collaboration Office
South Carolina Department of Social Services
1535 Confederate Avenue, 3rd Floor
Columbia, SC, 29201
Phone: (803) 898-2550
Fax: (803) 898-4458
State Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network
2711 Middleburg Drive
Columbia, SC 20205
Phone: (803) 360-6869
Fax: (803) 799-1571