Child Care Basics is the Initial Training Requirement that must be completed prior to being granted a license for a licensee, prior to working unsupervised, or within 3 months of hire, or 3 months from the date this rule becomes effective if you are an existing employee.
Child Care Basics is also often referred to as '30 hour STARS training' or 'Initial STARS class'.
Child Care Basics is offered by State-Approved Trainers. Child Care Basics can be completed at no cost through Imagine Institute and Child Care Aware of Washington. If you pay for the training, you can submit a training reimbursement application through MERIT. Each person is able to submit one application each fiscal year to receive up to $250 back as funding allows.
Child Care Basics includes topics such as:
- Emergency preparedness training
- Identifying shaken baby syndrome/abuse head trauma training
- Serving children experiencing homelessness training
- Medication management and administration training
Do Volunteers need to do Child Care Basics?
If you are an “ongoing volunteer” and will count in ratio, you will complete Health and Safety trainings. These can be found on the training portal, or you can choose to complete Child Care Basics, which includes these topics. See the Foundational Quality Standards Guidebook page 30 for more information.
- If you have already met your initial training requirement, whether you have an education exemption, or completed the 20 hours (also known as Building Blocks) when that was the rule and your training has been recorded in MERIT, you do not need to complete Child Care Basics again.
- If you completed the 20-hour certificate when that was required and it was never entered into MERIT, we can no longer authenticate it and we know the 20-hour curriculum did not include all of the federally required health and safety training topics of today. You will need to either take Child Care Basics again, or complete the ECED&107 Health, Safety and Nutrition course.
- Child Care Basics will meet your in-service training hours for the first year.
- Education exemptions will no longer apply as of August 1, 2019. In addition, certificates older than 7 years will no longer be accepted. New employees must complete Child Care Basics or ECED&107, Health, Safety, and Nutrition.
You can reference the Child Health and Safety Supplemental Guide to learn more about the Health and Safety topics that were added into Child Care Basics in the latest update.
What if I complete the Initial Certificate?
If you choose to complete the college course ECED&107 Health, Safety and Nutrition, which is part of the Initial Certificate, and you can complete that within the timeframe allowed for your position to finish the Health and Safety training requirements, that will count in place of Child Care Basics. All content of Child Care Basics is offered in this course.