Is CPR Training Required for Childcare Teachers and Staff in Georgia?

by | Dec 27, 2023

Childcare facilities play a crucial role in the early development and safety of children. In Georgia, as in many other states, ensuring the well-being of children in childcare centers is a top priority. One essential aspect of this responsibility is being prepared to respond to emergencies. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving skill that can make a significant difference in critical situations. So, is CPR training required for childcare teachers and staff in Georgia and South Carolina? In short, yes, CPR and First Aid training is required for Child Care professionals in Georgia, but let’s explore the regulations and the importance of CPR training in childcare centers below. 

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CPR Training in Childcare Centers

CPR training is a valuable skill that can mean the difference between life and death in emergencies involving cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. For childcare teachers and staff, having CPR training can be especially critical because they are responsible for the safety and well-being of young children. When faced with an emergency, knowing how to perform CPR can help stabilize a child’s condition until professional medical help arrives.

In Georgia and South Carolina, CPR training is not only recommended, but required for childcare teachers and staff. Childcare centers in Georgia follow guidelines set by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) or Bright From the Start to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in their care. View Bright From the Start CPR and First Aid Training Guidelines here.

DECAL Regulations for CPR Training

DECAL sets specific regulations regarding CPR training for childcare teachers and staff in Georgia. The requirements may vary based on the type of childcare facility and the number of children in their care. Here are some key points from the DECAL regulations to consider:

  1. Any staff who work directly with the kids must be CPR and First Aid certified according to the guidelines, “All Staff who provide direct care to children must obtain certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation within the first 90 days of employment​​.”
  2. The director must also have this certification according to the guidelines, “The Center Director must successfully complete… a training program in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and…first aid.”
  3. All support staff should also be trained so at least one certified staff member will be on site at all times, “Whenever any child is present, there must always be a Staff member on the Center premises who is trained in CPR and first aid.”
  4. For Family Child Care Learning Homes all employees must be CPR certified, “Every Provider, Provisional Employee and Employee with direct care responsibilities shall have current evidence of successful completion of a…training program in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a…training program in first aid…Training must be completed within 90 days from date of hire for Provisional Employees and Employees”

In summary, most employees of a child care facility should be certified in CPR and First Aid. To ensure the highest level of compliance and preparedness, it makes the most sense to have ALL staff certified every 2 years to best meet these guidelines.

Additionally, CPR and First Aid Training must be completed within 90 days of being hired. 

The Importance of CPR Training

CPR training is not just a regulatory requirement; it is a skill that can save lives. Childcare teachers and staff are entrusted with the care of children, and emergencies can happen at any time. Here are some reasons why CPR training is so crucial in childcare centers:

  1. Immediate Response: In the event of a cardiac arrest or a child choking, every second counts. CPR-trained teachers and staff can initiate life-saving measures while waiting for professional help to arrive.
  2. Confidence and Readiness: CPR training provides teachers and staff with the knowledge and skills to respond confidently during emergencies. This confidence can make a significant difference in the outcome.
  3. Child Safety: Children in childcare centers may not always have the ability to recognize or communicate their distress during an emergency. CPR-trained staff can identify and respond to medical issues promptly.
  4. Compliance with Regulations: By ensuring that CPR training is up-to-date and staff members are certified, childcare centers demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for children.

While CPR Training alone is important, First Aid Training is also required, and this training helps you be prepared for anything as simple as a booboo all the way to seizures and more.    

How Do I Get CPR and First Aid Certified?

At First Response, we have multiple options for Childcare Teachers and Staff. We also teach Fire Safety, which is also required in Georgia. We have in-person and blended online options that both fully meet the training requirements for Childcare Teachers and Staff set by Bright From the Start. For childcare facilities, we can come to you and do group training at your facility. If you would like to host a class, request a class here. If you do not have a group, we have classes you can join on-site across Georgia and South Carolina. We also have online hybrid classes, which are great if you don’t have enough people for the minimum or prefer the convenience of doing it from home. Visit our calendar page to find in-person and online classes to join. If you have any questions, contact us here.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="" target="_self">Calvin Go</a>

Calvin Go

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Calvin has taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety for First Response since June 2023. He is also medical student working towards his PHD. His experience as a medical student and safety instructor brings a unique perspective into his articles.

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