Placement Requirements for All Field Experiences
All licensed childcare facilities in Wisconsin require the following for anyone who enters the program to work with young children (1) a physical exam, (2) a TB skin test, and (3) a criminal background check. The forms for all these requirements can be obtained in accordance with the chart below.
|Placement||Health/TB Skin Test Required?||Background Check Required? Who Pays?||Notes|
|Head Start Observation and Reflection||Yes - must be done within 12 months of the start date||Yes – must be done within 1-2 months of the start date.
Head Start pays
|Student will receive paperwork from the Head Start coordinator and the instructor of the course Observation & Reflection in Head Start|
|Infant/Toddler Directed Teaching||Yes - must be done within 12 months of the start date||Yes – must be done within 1-2 months of the start date.
|Students receive information from the ECE program coordinator. Background check form must be completed and given to the Office of Field Experiences along with a check for $10.00 dollars.
The student provides TB skin test results to the student teaching placement directly (the Office of Field Experiences does not handle health forms)
|Preschool Directed Teaching||Yes - must be done within 12 months of the start date||Yes – must be done within 1-2 months of the start date.
|Birth to Three Fieldwork||Only if required by placement||Only if required by placement
|For background checks: Students will receive information from the Office of Field Experiences and need to return paper work to that office along with a check|
|Public School Field Work||Yes – must be done within 2 years of the start date||Depends on school district
|Directed Teaching C and D||Yes – must be done within 2 years of the start date||Depends on school district
Health and TB Skin Tests
The physical exam can be conducted by the student's physician or at no charge at the University Health and Counseling Services. The TB skin test can be completed at the University Health and Counseling Services for a nominal fee. Students must keep copies of health/TB skin test results as they are valid for more than one placement.
The health form and TB skin test results can be provided by the health care professional or the following Staff Health Form – Child Care Provider (CFS 54) can be downloaded from the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families website.
Staff Health Report - Child Care Provider form
The criminal background checks are completed every time and before a student begins student teaching (date of background can be no more than 4-5 months of the start date). There is a fee for the criminal background check ($7.50) and this fee must be paid directly to the Office of Field Experiences when submitting the criminal background check form.
Information about the background check and form can be found on the Background Information Disclosure (BID) Instructions form.
The results of the background checks are sent directly to the placements and directors make decisions whether or not to allow students to have placements based on the contents of the background checks. Students should be aware that the background checks include convictions, traffic violations, and dismissals.
Please understand that students are not allowed to begin student teaching placements unless all of the necessary paperwork has been completed.