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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.

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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Formal Training Requirements For Becoming A Licensed Home Daycare Provider

by Francisco Arnold

Though each state has its own specific licensing requirements for home daycare providers, there is a diverse collection of formal training everyone choosing this career option should complete. For example, all daycare providers should at a minimum complete each of the following:

  • pediatric first aid certification
  • pediatric CPR certification
  • a high school diploma or GED certification
  • college-level early childhood development courses

In addition, to obtain a license to operate a daycare from your local county, you will also likely be required to get fingerprinted at your local police department, have a physical and TB screening done by your family doctor, and have an inspection of your home or daycare center's location completed by the local Department of Social Services. If you will be providing transportation to the children in your care, then you will also be required to submit a copy of your driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

To better understand the formal training you should complete prior to applying for your daycare license, a bit more information is listed below about each:

Pediatric First Aid Certification

Since you will be responsible for keeping the children in your care safe and since children are prone to injuries from playing, you need to obtain a Red Cross certification in first aid to become a licensed provider. This knowledge combined with a well-stocked first aid kit will ensure you can handle minor injuries or provide some care while waiting for emergency responders.

Pediatric CPR Certification

Though no one ever wants to think about using it, daycare providers are also required to become certified in pediatric CPR. Just like adults, children can stop breathing or their heart can stop for many different reasons. If this ever happens at your daycare, then you need to be able to step in and take quick action. Learn more about certification from a company such as Emergency and Health Training Center.

A High School Diploma or GED Certification

Part of a daycare provider's job is to begin early childhood education for the children who spend their days with you. Though you are not expected to become an elementary teacher, you do need to have enough education yourself that you can teach basic information, read well, and answer the children's challenging questions.

College-Level Early Childhood Development Courses

Lastly, while becoming a licensed daycare provider doesn't require an associate's or bachelor's degree, it does require you to understand how children develop and learn. To better understand these things, you should complete at least a couple of early childhood development courses at your local community college.

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