NIDCAP Nursery Certification Overview

Nursery Self-Assessment

When considering NIDCAP Nursery Certification, nurseries first assess their eligibility. Nurseries submit a series of materials that include the self-scored Nursery Assessment Manual scales and supporting evidence. These materials are expected to demonstrate a passing level (overall Nursery mean score and sub category — infant, family and staff care mean scores of > 3.6) of NIDCAP implementation for certification consideration.

NFI Site Visit

Once the nursery considers itself as meeting NIDCAP Nursery certification standards, and has submitted its materials, an NFI-designated NIDCAP Nursery Site Review Team of three NIDCAP Professionals conducts a detailed review of the submitted materials. If all is found in good order, an on-site multi-day visit is scheduled in collaboration with the site. The Review Team represents the disciplines of neonatology, nursing and one of the developmental disciplines (psychology, occupational therapy, education, among others).

During the site visit, the Review Team observes the overall nursery system as well as specific aspects of the nursery’s infant and family care implementation, staff support and functioning and the environment. The Review Team also meets with the hospital and nursery’s administrative leadership, with representatives from various disciplines, and with parents and family members of infants, who are currently cared for in the nursery. The Review Team evaluates and integrates the nursery’s self-assessment materials with the information gathered during the site visit in order to determine the nursery’s eligibility for certification.

The Review Team confirms a nursery system’s strengths and, as indicated, provides guidance towards future goals in order to support the nursery’s continued growth. Nurseries that demonstrate a passing level — overall Nursery mean score and sub category Infant, Family and Staff care mean scores of > 3.6 — of NIDCAP implementation achieve NIDCAP Nursery certification.

NIDCAP Nursery Certification

Successful NIDCAP Nursery Certification represents distinction in the provision of a consistently high level of NIDCAP care for infants and their families, as well as for the staff. This distinction is to be commended and celebrated as a model and an inspiration for others.

Please contact the Director of the NIDCAP Nursery Program for further information:

Rodd Hedlund, MEd
Director, NIDCAP Nursery Program




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