By Ryan E. Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Massachusetts, each child care licensee (owner / operator) must maintain records of training opportunities provided to or available for staff members. Training is vital for all child care providers so that each child is provided with a safe day care environment. The State of Massachusetts Department of Early Childhood Education pursuant to Regulation P-GCC/SA-18 – Staff Training is to required to maintain documentation for such training for inspection and review by the Department of Early Childhood Education. The documentation must include the date, time, and duration of the training. In addition, the documentation must include the topic presented, the name of the trainer, presenter, or speaker, and the names of all staff members who attended the training.
Day care and child care centers in Massachusetts have a duty to train and supervise its employees. In many instances, children are seriously injured due to inadequate supervision by a child care provider who lacked the training and experience to provide for the safety and well being of children. Day care and child care centers should put a priority on training of child care providers.