Intended Audience: Childcare providers, including but not limited to day care administrators, licensing officials, childcare health and safety consultants, camp directors, and day camp directors.
Program Focus: This course addresses the basics of child restraint use in the context of the legal and safety issues that childcare providers must consider when transporting children in motor vehicles. Note: National certification is not available for this course.
Program Length: This course has a 12-hour curriculum that requires one and a half days of instruction.
Content: Course content provides a broad overview of child passenger safety issues and training in the basic elements of child safety seat use and installation. A major focus of the curriculum is on the legal and ethical issues associated with transporting children, driver selection criteria, vehicle inspection and safety, and the supervision of children while riding in a motor vehicle.
Participants should be prepared for the physical activity required for installing child safety seats. A written test is required for those who take the course for continuing education credit.
Instructional Staff: This course should be taught by a CPS technician who is nationally certified. Additional staff may be needed for the hands-on portion of the training, which requires an instructor/participant ratio of one to five.
Participant Materials: Materials, such as participant manuals and handouts, are provided by the host agency.
Equipment: Presentation equipment (a PowerPoint or overhead projector) and supplies, as described in the Instructor Guide. A variety of child safety seats, locking clips, and other demonstration materials.
Room Requirements: A room large enough to accommodate tables for the number of students attending with extra space for car seats and hands-on exercises.
Recommended Number of Participants: 20-25 participants
Cost to Host Agency: Costs vary and may include the cost of the facility, instructional team, food, audiovisual equipment, and materials.
Cost to Participants: No cost for materials; tuition, if any, is determined by the host agency.