Rule: What must orientation for employees at my operation include?

New Employee Orientation

Orientation requirements for child care centers (chapters 744 & 746) include two major changes.

First Change: Specification

The first change includes the specification of what information must be shared about child abuse and neglect and the specification that you must share the emergency preparedness plan with employees. See the specifications highlighted below.


An overview of your policy on the prevention, recognition, and reporting of child abuse and neglect, including:

  • Factors indicating a child is at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Warning signs indicating a child may be a victim of abuse or neglect
  • Procedures for reporting child abuse or neglect
  • Community organizations that have training programs available to child-care center staff members, children, and parents

Technical Assistance: Visit the DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) site for additional resources about the prevention, recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect and to learn of community resources in your area.


An overview of the procedures to follow in handling emergencies, which includes sharing the emergency preparedness plan with all employees.

Second Change: Addition

Minimum standard rules now include five additional health and safety topics that must be covered as part of employee orientation. This additional requirement applies to all employees you hire on or after 9/1/2016. The five new topics include:

1. Administering medication, if applicable

2. Preventing and responding to emergencies due to food or an allergic reaction

3. Understanding building and physical premises safety, including identification and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electric hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic

4. Handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous materials

5. Precautions in transporting children, if your operation transports a child whose chronological or developmental age is younger than nine years old

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