I suspect I will need to write multiple posts to cover the FCC process. Here is part 1, the training info.
First I should say, from what I have been told, my current location is one of the toughest posts for FCC providers. They require more training and have more rules than most do.
I took the classes back in November. It was 6 full days of classes (Monday through Friday and Monday of the following week). We covered everything: medical issues, developmental milestones, curriculum, health and safety, First Aid, CPR, diaper changing, etc. (Did you the know the Army has a diaper changing policy? There is a poster to be displayed with multiple steps to be followed. I had no idea!)
During the classes, I was offered free child care for my 2 boys in a FCC home. I got a wonderful home for the boys. Both of my kids have some medical issues so they had to go through a special process to enter the child services. The provider that was chosen for us is one that has dealt with a lot of kids with medical issues. So, she was phenomenal with my kids and did not mind that I called often and Armydad dropped by a few times to check on them. (What can I say? We are protective parents.)
Some days the classes were long and tedious with an overload of information. Those days I came home exhausted and unsure if I could really do it. Other days, they were fun and full of great ideas I could implement with my own kids. By the end of the classes, I felt overwhelmed by the lists of things I needed to do and acquire. But, I also felt like I had the ability to do it. It was within reach.
I will cover the time from finishing classes to becoming licensed in part 2. That was almost a 2 month time span…