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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

General Program and Equipment Standards

A. The day care group home shall maintain a safe and healthful environment, free from disease and illness.

  1. Personnel shall not at any time endanger the health or safety of the children under their care: and

  2. Personnel shall ensure that each child is clean and groomed as necessary after meals and activities.

B. The day care group home shall provide a program which includes a balance of daily activities which meet the age interests and developmental needs of each child including:

  1. Indoor/outdoor activities:

  2. Quiet/active activities:

  3. Supervised free choice/adult-directed activities:

  4. Individual, small group and large group activities:

  5. Small/large muscle development activities: and

  6. Meals and snacks.

C. Daily routine activities for each child, including diapering, toileting, eating, dressing, resting, and sleeping shall be incorporated into the program based upon developmental needs of the child.

D. The program shall be adjusted to the needs of children, to cope with illness, changes in weather or other situations.

E. If shimming is offered as a part of the facility's program, child care personnel shall be stationed at the pool when the pool is being used by children. At least one of the child care personnel present at the pool shall be able to swim, and one of the personnel present at the pool shall be currently certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Personnel shall be able to see clearly all pans of the pool including the bottom.

F. Each day care group home shall have sufficient play materials and equipment so that, at any one time, each child who is present can be individually involved in the activities outlined in the activity plan.

G. In addition to requirements specified in this rule, a day care group home providing care for three-, four-and five-year-old children shall provide the following play materials and supplies:

  1. An supplies.

  2. Blocks and block accessories.

  3. Books and posters.

  4. Dramatic play areas with toys and dress-up clothes.

  5. Large muscle equipment.

  6. Manipulative toys.

  7. Science materials, and

  8. Musical instruments.

H. The facility shall make the following provisions for sleeping children:

  1. There shall be a separate bed, cot, door mat, or crib for each child who needs to nap or rest. Bunked beds are not permitted unless the child sleeps on the bottom bed. No other individual shall nap or rest on the bed, cot, mat or crib which is being used by an enrolled child;

  2. An enrolled child shall not nap or sleep on a bed of a household member:

  3. Beds, cots and Ribs shall be of sound construction of sufficient size to comfortably accommodate the size and weight of the child, and shall be kept clean and in good repair:

  4. Mats shall be covered with waterproof material and used only in rooms where close contact with the floor will not bring the sleeping child in contact with draft or dust:

  5. Rugs, carpet, blankets, and towels shall not be used as mats:

  6. Each bed, cot, or floor mat shall be completely covered with a clean sheet or similar covering which shall be laundered weekly or more frequently as needed Coverings shall be Freshly laundered before use by another child

I. No enrolled child shall be locked out of the facility with any locking device.

J. An enrolled child shall never be placed on a waterbed.

Historical Note

Adopted as an emergency effective July 3, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days: Emergency rule readopted and amended effective September 28, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-3).
Emergency rule readopted effective December 27, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-4).
Emergency rule readopted effective April 3. 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp 90-2).
Emergency expired. Emergency rule readopted effective June 9, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-3). Emergency rule permanently adopted with changes effective October 4, 1990 (Supp. 90-4).

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