(a) Each center shall ensure that each new employee who is expected to have contact with children receives 16 hours of on-site orientation within the first six weeks of employment. As part of this orientation, each new employee shall complete six hours of orientation within the first two weeks of employment.

(b) New staff orientation shall include an overview of the following topics, focusing on the operation of the center:


New staff orientation within first two (2) weeks of employment

New staff orientation within first six (6) weeks of employment

Information regarding recognizing, responding to, and reporting child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment pursuant to G.S. 110-105.4 and G.S. 7B-301

Firsthand observation of the center's daily operations

Review of the center's operational policies, including the center's safe sleep policy for infants,

the center's policy for transportation, the center's identification of building and premises safety issues, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, and the emergency medical care plan

Instruction in the employee's assigned duties

Adequate supervision of children in accordance with 10A NCAC 09 .1801

Instruction in the maintenance of a safe and healthy environment

Information regarding prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma and child maltreatment

Instruction in the administration of medication to children in accordance with 10A NCAC 09 .0803

Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization

Review of the center's purposes and goals


Review of the child care licensing law and rules


Review of Section .2800 of this Chapter if the center has a two- through five- star license at the time of employment


An explanation of the role of State and local government agencies in the regulation of child care, their impact on the operation of the center, and their availability as a resource


An explanation of the employee's obligation to cooperate with representatives of State and local government agencies during visits and investigations


Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions


Review of the center's handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants


History Note: Authority G.S. 110-85; 110-91(11); 143B-168.3;

Eff. October 1, 2017;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2019.