By Mary Rutledge, Program Coordinator Lead
All B.A.S.E. Camp programs are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. Over the past few years, I have been asked several times by parents and others, “What exactly does it mean to be licensed and what benefits does this provide for my child’s experience while attending B.A.S.E. Camp?” It’s important to note that licensed child care brings with it regulations that seem different for the child from that of the school day. Some of benefits of licensed child care are:
Health and Safety Regulations are monitored daily by staff and by DHS at least once per year. Facilities and staff are observed for best practices and to test knowledge of these important areas. Health and Safety compliance is also supported by the Larimer County Health Department in conjunction with DHS. In addition, programs must complete fire, tornado, lock-in and lock-out drills at least monthly.
Licensing mandates B.A.S.E. Camp’s employees working with children must be Qualified and Trained Staff at the director, program leader, and assistant levels. Qualifications vary per position, but range from a 4-year related degree to hundreds of hours working with school-aged children. The benefit is that children are getting a better overall experience with social-emotional support, problem solving, academic support, and more. In addition to qualified staff requirements, all staff must complete CBI and FBI clearance to work with your children.
Staff are required to seek out 15 hours of additional Safety and Professional Development Training each year. Site leaders are required to have CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration trainings. B.A.S.E. Camp provides all staff multiple opportunities throughout the year to attend trainings that will intentionally impact their work with children. In addition, we send staff to both local and national conferences as part of their paid professional development hours.
As part of providing Superior Supervision, staff are required to be interacting with children at all times. B.A.S.E. Camp must provide a method of all children to be signed in and out of program and knowledge of where all children are at all times. Children are never to be left unattended and children may not leave the program to go to other areas of the school without an adult. If direct interaction is unavailable, staff must be within sight and sound of all enrolled children. B.A.S.E. Camp utilizes a document called Master Name to Face. This is a tool you will see staff use when your child arrives and departs the program. It allows for staff to not only know how many children they have, but exactly what children are in attendance at any given moment.
As you can see, being a licensed facility has many benefits to your child and the entire program. If ever you have questions or concerns about licensing rules and regulations or its implementation in B.A.S.E. Camp, please feel free to call 303-866-5958.