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Registry Basics: Serving Essentials

Registry Basics: Serving Essentials

Every host or hostess needs some basic serving utensils. How else do you get all that beautiful food from serving dish to dinner plate?

But you need not go crazy when registering for serving utensils. The seven essentials that follow will ensure that you’re as equally prepared to host a summer backyard meal as you are an Easter Brunch or Thanksgiving dinner. You can stick with the basics in the same style as your flatware pattern, or not. Remember, serving utensils don’t all have to match and opting for something a little crazy (read: less practical) won’t make too great of a dent in your wallet. Go for a fun colored enamel set of cheese knives or a cake server in a china pattern different from your own (or your mother’s or grandmother’s) perhaps? Or, do as we do and supplement your favorites with some mismatched antique flatware — it looks great dressed up with fancy china but also chic when used with earthenware pottery.

1. Serving Utensils in your Flatware Pattern(s)

If you entertain a lot, you’ll find yourself regularly relying on these tools. Opt for utensils in the same pattern as your everyday flatware and/or silver settings. You might find that your pattern’s “hostess set” and “serving set” will include a couple of the below — we recommend ordering these all, though.

  • 2-3 large serving spoons
  • 1 slotted serving spoon
  • 2-3 large serving forks
  • 1 gravy ladle
  • 1 butter knife
  • 1 small serving spoon (for sugar, cranberry sauce, etc.)

Optional: Now, if you entertain a lot, you might want to mix and match your basic serving utensils with some mismatched vintage hotel silver. These antique pieces look elegant when paired with fancy china and fresh and chic when used with rustic, earth-toned pottery.

2. Wooden Salad Fork and Spoon Set

Most elegant dinners start or finish with a salad, so make sure your serving pieces are as pretty-looking as your baby gem lettuces. Opt for a set of utensils, or the whole she-bang: a complete serving utensil set. (Photo courtesy of Heath Ceramics)

3. Hard Cheese Knife Set

When assembling a cheese plate with hard cheeses like Manchego, aged jack, and Pecorino, you need some good, sharp knives that are pretty enough to entertain with. Enter the combination of these three sharp cheese knives — we find that they always make our guests feel at ease when they’re helping themselves to crackers and cheese. (Photo at left and below left courtesy of Williams-Sonoma)

4. Soft Cheese Knife Set

Since cheeses are a host or hostesses best friend for a quick-fix appetizer, it doesn’t hurt to have a special set of soft cheese spreaders. These will work for all your soft favorites like Brie and goat cheese. Plus, they can double as butter knives on a breakfast buffet. (Click here for more knives every new couple should have.)

5. A Small Pitcher

Take it from us: We’re sure you’ll find this small pourer to be handy and versatile. It’s simple enough for serving barbecue sauce at your next cook-out but is also elegant enough to pass gravy in at Thanksgiving, or for serving vinaigrette at a luncheon.

6. A Cake/Pie Server

Here you can have some fun. Register for one in your silver or flatware pattern (it’s often included in the serving set), or opt for a unique set that you can use to cut the cake at your wedding — and as well as all those memorable cakes you’ll serve for years to come. (Photo courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond)

Click here for more registry basics for every bride and groom to-be.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.


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Module 1: Safety In Your Child Care Environment

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of basic safety practices in a child care program. Additionally providers will identify how to use active supervision, prevent poisoning and reduce the risk of drowning and strangulation. Review module 1 handout and resource page.

Module 2: Emergency Preparedness

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of emergency planning in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the key components involved in making a plan and recommended intruder alert protocol. Review module 2 handout and resource page.

Module 3: Transportation in Child Care

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of transporting children safely in child care. Additionally, providers will identify proper car seat usage and Iowa Restraint Laws. Review module 3 handout and resource page.

Module 4: Prevention for Control of Infectious Diseases

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the prevention of illness in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the proper products for sanitation and disinfecting surfaces, as well as how to plan for exclusion of sick children. Review module 4 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 5: Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of the handling and storage of hazardous materials in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risks, such as poisoning, carbon monoxide and lead. Review module 5 handout and resource page.

Module 6: Medication in Child Care

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of handling medication. Review module 6 handout, resource page and glossary page.

Module 7: Managing Food Allergies

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of food allergies in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify the common food allergens and how to reduce the risk of a reaction. Review module 7 handout and resource page.

Module 8: Infant Safe Sleep

This one hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of proper infant sleep practices in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify key SIDS risk factors, as well as the proper use of sleep equipment. Review module 8 handout and resource page.

Module 9: Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of preventing shaken baby syndrome in a child care setting. Additionally, providers will identify common risk factors and soothing techniques. Review module 9 handout and resource page.

Module 10: Understanding Cultural Diversity

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of understanding how various cultures effect child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to implement a cultural responsive curriculum. Review module 10 handout and resource page.

Module 11: Understanding Homelessness

This 30 minute lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the importance of how homelessness affects child care programs. Additionally, providers will identify how to meet the special needs of homeless children. Review module 11 handout and resource page.

Module 12: Child Development

This one and a half hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding of the basics of how a child grows and develops. Additionally, providers will identify how to effectively define important milestones of a child. Review module 12 handout and resource page. Ages and Stages resource is also available on this module.