Legislation (SC Statute 63-13-825 A and SC Statute 63-13-830 E) was passed June 9, 2016, to increase the number of training hours required for family child care home providers, from two hours to TEN (10) hours. Additionally, this legislation states if the training is not completed, it could affect the status of a provider's registration or license.
This new legislation takes effect on July 1, 2017. After that date all training hours will need to be completed before a provider's registration or license expires. Also, anyone that works as a caregiver or an emergency person in the home is also required to complete the 10 hours of training.
The Department will be monitoring the facility's hours during annual inspection visits, renewal meetings and by phone. The 10 hours of training should be completed yearly and before a registration or license expires. It is very important that all required training be completed in a timely manner.
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SECTION 2. Section 63-13-825(A) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 292 of 2010, is amended to read:
"(A) An operator of a family childcare home and any person employed by or who contracts with an operator of a family childcare home to provide direct childcare, annually shall complete and provide documentation to the Department of Social Services of a minimum of ten hours of training approved by the department."
SECTION 3. Section 63-13-830(E) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(E)(1) The department may deny an application for a statement of registration, deny an application for a renewal of registration, work with a family childcare home operator to resolve a concern, or withdraw a statement of registration if one or more of the following apply:
(a) the health or safety of any child in the facility is at risk;
(b) the family childcare home operator, in the operation of a family childcare home facility, previously enrolled or currently has enrolled children beyond the limits defined in this chapter;
(c) the operator fails to comply with the registration procedures provided in this chapter; or
(d) the operator fails to comply with the training requirements provided in Section 63-13-825(A).
(2) If a family childcare home has had its application for a statement or renewal of registration denied by the department or its statement of registration withdrawn by the department pursuant to this subsection, the family childcare home may elect to meet the requirements for licensure by demonstrating compliance with Article 3 of this chapter and the suggested standards developed by the department pursuant to Section 63-13-180.
(3) The department shall consider previous applications, the circumstances of prior inspections, or withdrawals of registration, by the department or the applicant, as factors to be considered in the application process; however, a prior concern does not prohibit the department from granting the family childcare home a statement or renewal of registration if the department is satisfied the concern has been resolved.
(4) If the operator fails to comply with the training requirements provided in Section 63-13-825(A) prior to the expiration of the registration or fails to timely renew the registration, the department shall place the operator on a corrective action plan."