Heartsaver® Health & Safety Training

For Child Care Providers

Heartsaver® Health & Safety Training For Child Care Providers Course is designed to meet the training needs of child care providers in almost all U.S states while also being a comprehensive resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters or anyone responsible for the safety of children. Combining online and hands-on skill components, this one-stop-shop course teaches child care providers and parents critical first aid skills, ranging from how to create a safe environment to preventing injuries in the first place, to lifesaving CPR.


Health & Safety Training For Child Care Providers

  • Per the California rules and regulations presently, providers in child care centers and family child care homes must complete at least 16 hours of training about health and safety before they are allowed to be child care providers. This comprehensive and preventative health training comprises of Pediatric First Aid, Infant/Child/Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Preventive Health Practices. The Preventative Health Practices includes infectious diseases, immunizations, preventing childhood injuries, caring for children with special needs, identification and reporting of child abuse, and beginning in January 2016, child nutrition.

California Requirements for Child Care Providers

  • There must be at least one director or teacher at each site. Family childcare licensees and co-licensees must fulfill the vital California Child Care training. At least one individual with a current certification in Pediatric First Aid and CPR must be present in the site when a licensee with the full course training is away at any time when children are onsite or offsite for any facility activities.

In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios may be presented.

Features and Course Content:

  • This is an approved 100% classroom-based Health and Safety Training for child care providers conducted by esteemed and knowledgeable American Heart Association (AHA) and/or Emergency Medical Service Authority Instructors (EMSA) instructors which is accredited by the Department of Social Services and Community Care Licensing. This course must also be renewed by the expiration of the course completion certificate/card to remain a valid childcare provider.
  • Remember, online trainings are not approved training by the California Department of Social Services and Community Care Licensing.

Course Content:

  • California Child Care Preventive Health Practices Course
    • This course meets licensing requirements for Preventative Health. This is currently an 8 hour course length that includes infectious diseases, immunizations, preventing childhood injuries, caring for children with special needs, identification and reporting of child abuse, and beginning in January 2016, child nutrition.
  • Pediatric First Aid
  • Pediatric CPR and AED
  • Protect, Act, Clean, Tell (PACT)
    • Protect (Prevention of Infectious Disease)
      • Scene Safety
      • Universal (Standard) Precautions
        • Sanitation
        • Hand Washing
        • Use of Gloves
        • Diapering
      • Personal Protective Equipment
      • Hepatitis B Vaccine
      • Be Careful Where You Eat, Drink, or Smoke
      • Recognizing Symbols
    • Act
      • Dealing With Exposure
      • How to Take Off Protective Gloves
      • Disposing of Sharps
    • Clean
      • Know Your Exposure Control Plan
      • Clean Up
    • Tell
      • Reporting Exposures
      • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
      • Post exposure Care
      • OSHA Regulations
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Infectious Diseases and Their Policies
    • Notices for exposure to disease
    • Exclusion/inclusion of sick children
    • Reportable diseases to local agencies and the parents of the child care facility
    • Managing mildly ill children
    • Staff health for potential risk of acquiring and/or spreading infectious diseases, including cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Hepatitis B
    • Community resources regarding information on local resources for services that deal with children’s health and prevention of infectious disease
  • Immunizations (Childhood Age and Type Requirements)
  • Preventing Childhood Injuries
    • Risk of injury related to developmental stages
      • Falling
      • Head injuries
      • Chocking
      • Suffocation
      • Burns
      • Poisoning with lead, iron, and other medications
      • Oral injury
      • Drowning
      • Injuries from weapons
      • Injuries from animals
    • Establishing and adhering to safety policies
    • Managing children’s risky behaviors that can lead to injury
    • Risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome
    • Regular assessments for the safety of indoor and outdoor child care environments and play equipment
    • Transportation of children during child care
      • Motor vehicle safety
      • Child passenger safety
      • Field trip safety
      • School bus safety
    • Community resources regarding information on local resources for services that deal with children’s health and prevention of childhood injuries
  • Caring for Children with Special Needs
    • Knowledge of resources available
    • Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Community resources regarding information on local resources for services that deal with children’s health and caring for children with special needs
  • Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse
  • Child Nutrition
    • Major Nutritional Topics
      • Food pyramid
      • Food Quality
        • Safe food practices and food handling
        • Cooking safety/Food preparation/storage
        • Fully cooking meats and eggs
        • Pasteurized foods
        • Dangers of e.coli/salmonella
      • Appropriate eating behavior
      • Specialized diets
      • Awareness of feeding/growth problems
      • Diet and dental decay
    • USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
      • How to access the program and how to obtain information on CACFP eligibility, enrollment, and reimbursement rates by contacting the CACFP Unit of the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division
      • The training shall provide California CACFP program contact information
    • A brief overview of the positive effects of healthy nutrition on the developing child and on the overall health of children ages 12 and younger
    • Basic Information about California’s Healthy Beverages in Child Care Law (AB 2084, 2010)
      • Clean and safe drinking water must be readily available throughout the day, including at all meal, snack and play times
      • Serve only fat-free or low-fat (1%) unsweetened, plain milk for children two years of age or older
      • Provide no more than one serving (4-6 ounces) per day of 100 percent juice
      • Beverages with added sweeteners, either natural or artificial, are prohibited (not including infant formula or complete balanced nutritional products designed for children)
    • Best practices for feeding infants and toddlers including breast milk, iron fortified formula, and introducing first foods
    • Overview of how to serve age appropriate healthy foods at each snack and meal that are based on the standards of the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    • Ways to cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt
    • Explanation of how to use food labels to help identify healthy choices
    • Best practices for building healthy eating habits in children, including the division of responsibility in feeding, based upon the current standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Caring for our Children
      • The child care provider is the role model for healthy eating while children are in the child care environment.
      • The division of responsibility: the child care provider chooses which healthy foods to prepare and offer to children, when and where to provide food; children choose what and how much they will eat from the foods offered
      • Allow children to serve themselves: they choose what they want from what you serve, they choose what proportions to put on their plates, and they decide when they are “full”
      • Child Care providers eat with the children at the communal table
      • Offer a variety of foods from each of the food groups
        • Fruits and vegetables, meat and meat alternatives, grains including mainly whole grains, and dairy products
        • Colorful foods with varying textures appeal to children’s palates
      • Encourage children to taste a new food, but do not force or reward children to eat or clean their plates
        • It is normal for children to dislike some foods and favor others
      • Children may need to be introduced to a new food 10 to 20 times before they accept it
      • Planning menus helps to provide a healthy variety of foods to children, and can help save money.
    • The benefits of developing written nutrition policies for the child care setting
    • Overview of information regarding food allergies and food safety 

Other Course Focuses:

  • Child development impact and issues
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Child care context is part of all content areas in the curriculum
  • Knowledge of child care
  • Child care statutes and regulations
  • Maintenance of health records and forms; process for review of medical information
    • Medication administration
    • Allergies
    • Immunizations
    • Health Insurance

Course Format/Time:

  • Classroom-based
    • Instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout
  • Initial/Renewal Provider Course
    • Approximately 16 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing
  • Course time based on 1 instructor
    • 6 students to 2 manikins

Course Fee:

  • Initial (first-time) Providers: $225
  • Renewing Providers: $210


  • Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of psychomotor skills competency in all learning stations by passing the Pediatric First Aid skills test, CPR and AED skills test for child and infants, bag-mask ventilation skills test, and Preventative Health Practices skills test, students receive an American Heart Association (AHA) course completion certificate/card for the Pediatric First Aid CPR AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Health and Safety through Palm Desert Resuscitation Education LLC, valid for two years, in addition to an optional Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) Preventative Health sticker that includes a proof of completion of 16 hours in Health and Safety Training.

Scheduling & Discounts:

  • Register early because classroom-based courses fill-up quickly
  • Enrollment is limited
  • Course scheduling is subject to change without notice
  • Please call us if you have any questions or for discounted group rates and seasonal promotions!
  • Feel free to view our website for more information: https://www.yourcprmd.com

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Our AHA ACLS instructor, Dr. Nuqui, was very knowledgeable, experienced, supportive, and entertaining. Most of all, I really appreciated how well organized and engaging the initial provider course was conducted in a pleasant and comfortable learning environment. Not only was the training site facility brand-new but everything from the student materials, training AEDs, intubation equipment and manikins were up-to-date and in excellent condition.

William, MD

I was very impressed with how professional and enjoyable my ACLS and PALS renewal classes were at Palm Desert Resuscitation Education! As an emergency medicine registered nurse working at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, I wanted to be educated with the most commonly seen cardiac arrhythmias and their treatment but also needed classes that were attention grabbing and fun. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education instructors definitely kept my attention during the lengthy courses by having a balanced sense of humor, pertinent and brilliant instructions, and excellent case scenario discussions.

Rickey, RN

I highly recommend this training facility as your go-to CPR certification site for your healthcare job because Dr. Nuqui is not only passionate about saving lives but is awesome when it comes to teaching you the proper techniques of resuscitation including compressions, airway management, and defibrillator use. He shares his medical and teaching experiences while making you feel relaxed, stimulated, and well informed with the current AHA guidelines. He taught me exactly what I needed to know to be ready when cardiac arrest happens.

Ashley, LVN
During my Basic Life Support (BLS) class, I was given all of the necessary skills to be confident and not be afraid if ever one of my patients or family members collapses due to a heart condition, such as a heart attack. PDRE’s instructors and staff provide a very friendly, informative, humorous, interesting, and stress-free class that makes me want to personally refer all of my friends and family to do their CPR training at PDRE. Do not hesitate to try the best American Heart Association courses in the Desert Cities!
Karina, medical assistant and phlebotomist
As an elementary teacher who needed to be responsible for many students, I wanted to learn first aid basics and CPR in case I encounter a time when one of my students may either be choking, bleeding, seizes, faints, breaks a bone, sprains a muscle, becomes allergic, passes out, and experiences other first aid emergencies. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education’s first aid basics and CPR classroom course, which were held in our elementary school, was the perfect out-of-site learning setting to practice first aid basics and CPR for medical and injury emergencies. All of the staff and school employees are truly thankful and now self-assured to be able to provide possible practical first aid basics and CPR to our students, associates, friends or relatives. From my experience, Palm Desert Resuscitation Education quite honestly has the greatest, most efficient and personable instructors teaching top-of-the-line healthcare certification courses.
Gary, elementary teacher
Dr. Nuqui and his staff were truly amazing when I needed my BLS certification for my personal training business. He was very efficient and thorough with all of the course content and materials including the new guideline changes so that we are all up-to-date when it comes to performing effective CPR and step-by-step use of an AED. It was very easy to listen to him because he is not only a great instructor but is outgoing and personable. He really made the class enjoyable and easy to understand. I would definitely go back here for my BLS recertification.
Roel, personal trainer
Being a member of an exclusive golf club in the Palm Springs area, I was surprised by how much I learned in adult CPR and AED use, first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies during an exciting and educational course held by Dr. Nuqui and other instructors in our private Club House. You never know when someone needs help, especially when we are out in the golf course, and those minutes before the first responders get to our location can be vital. Thus, those important medical techniques that Dr. Nuqui presented to us clearly could possibly save one of our participant’s lives. I now feel very comfortable that our golf club members were trained the proper way and can respond to almost any medical emergency.
Pat, General Manager
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