I own it. I hate being told what to do especially when I think I do a pretty good job at what I'm doing. Ask Randy, he'll tell you...sometimes he hovers in the kitchen when I'm cooking and makes the mistake of asking me if I'm doing something right...Um, we've been married 22 years and he hasn't been poisoned yet.
As a registered daycare provider I am required to have at least 12 hours of continuing education each year. Since I am also ChildNet certified, I am required to have 18 hours. In the past we in the area were blessed to have Child Care Resource and Referral right here in Spencer. That meant that the trainings were usually right here in Spencer and were relevant. I like them in small doses rather than large, drawn out events.
Our choices for trainings are getting far more time consuming. The state is pushing for series classes which means that we have to commit to going to a series of classes usually lasting 4+ hours at a time over an extended period. I just don't get much out of them. We used to attend a conference every year over in Emmetsburg that was awesome! We got training hours, hands on experience and listened to dynamic speakers who are in the trenches with us. I looked forward to these trainings.
I really feel that it would be more beneficial to shorten the classes, make them relevant to my day to day daycare life, follow them up with help from real people who have been where I am. I don't care how many initials you have after your name, if you have not been a mother or a provider, you have no idea. Also, I truly feel that the longer I am in daycare, the less hours I should have to attain. After all, I am here everyday learning from those who know it best...the kids.
One more thing...we should always get training hours and credit for any training we take that is important for our job especially CPR/First Aid training.