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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

Supplemental Program and Equipment Standards for Infants and Children Two Years of Age and Younger

A facility which provides child care to enrolled infants and children two years of age or younger shall comply with the following:

  1. Child care personnel shall talk to and hold children too years of age and younger frequently throughout the day

  2. Child care personnel shall respond promptly to the infant's and child's distress signals and need for comfort:

  3. Infants and children shall spend no more than one hour of consecutive time during waking hours confined in a crib, playpen, high chair or other confining structure or piece of equipment:

  4. Each infant and child shall be allowed to maintain individual pattern of sleeping, waking and eating, unless instructed by the parent or guardian in writing to the contrary:

  5. Formulas prepared by the provider shall be prepared and stored in accordance with written instructions of the infant's parent or guardian:

  6. Infants six months of age or younger, or children who cannot hold their own bottles, shall be held by child care personnel while being fed. Bottles shall never be propped:

  7. Bottles shall be individually labeled and properly stored:

  8. Plastic bottle shall not be reused. Used bottles shall be promptly removed from cribs or beds, emptied and cleaned:

  9. Only water shall be used in bedtime or nap-time bottles;

  10. Children shall not be fed cereal by bottle:

  11. Each infant's or child's diaper shall be checked frequently and changed as soon as wet or soiled:

  12. The provider shall consult with the parent or guardian to establish a mutual plan regarding individual toilet training and shall not force toilet training on any child:

  13. A sturdy adult-size chair shall be provided in the infant room for personnel to use when holding and feeding infants:

  14. Highchairs shall be equipped with a safety strap and constructed so that the chair will not topple. A safety strap is not required if the design and construction of the chair is such that a safety strap is not necessary. All surfaces shall be smooth, free of cracks, and shall be sanitized prior to each use.

  15. A crib of sturdy construction with bars spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches apart shall be available for each infant. Stacked cribs are not permitted:

  16. Crib mattresses shall be completely and tightly covered with waterproof material. If plastic materials are used, they shall be durable and safe for children. Plastic bags shall not be used for mattress covers:

  17. There shall be no restraining devices of any type used in cribs:

  18. Each crib shall have clean, crib-size bedding, including sheets and a blanket which is in good repair:

  19. Each crib and mattress shall be cleaned and bedding changed daily, or more often if necessary, and always before use by another child:

  20. Materials and equipment meeting the interests and needs of infants and one-and two-year-olds shall include:

    a. Books, including some cloth books:

    b. Medium-size rubber or son plastic balls:

    c. Manipulative toys:

    d. Blocks and block accessories:

    e. Washable son toys, stuffed animals and dolls:

    f. Large muscle equipment, and

    g Musical instruments, and

  21. Toys to be used by one -and two-year-old children shall be durable, clean, movable, nontoxic, too large to swallow, and have no sharp pieces, edges or points. Toys shall be inspected frequently and regularly to ensure they are not hazardous.

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 July 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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