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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


A. An annual sanitation inspection shall be conducted on Department-approved forms, a copy of which is to be submitted to the Department.

B. The facility, furnishing, equipment, materials, and toys shall be kept clean and free of insects and vermin.

C. An individual clean space shall be provided for each child's personal toothbrush, comb, washcloth, extra clothing, blanket, etc. Each child's toilet articles shall be separated from the articles used by other children.

B. All equipment, toys, and materials used by, or accessible to, enrolled children shall be maintained in a clean and usable condition and disinfected as necessary. Fabric toys and toys for enrolled children who months of age and younger shall be washed and disinfected at least weekly.

E. Drinking water shall be available to enrolled children at all times.

F. Insect control shall include screening of all direct openings to the outside. Doors which open to the outside shall not be left open without insect control.

G. There shall be covered, lined, waterproof, easily cleaned containers for the storage of soiled clothing. The children shall not have access to the containers.

H. All plumbing fixtures shall be maintained in proper operating condition. There shall be sufficient water pressure at all times to meet the needs of the facility.

I. In each bathroom at the facility to be used by enrolled children, mounted toilet tissue, soap, and mounted, singly dispensed paper towels shall be available at all times and within easy and safe reach of children.

J. Toilet bowls, urinals, lavatories, tubs and showers, drinking fountains, and the bathroom, playroom, and kitchen floors shall be scrubbed with a disinfectant cleaning solution as needed but not less than daily.

K. Organic waste shall be disposed of immediately in a sanitary manner and stored in tightly covered containers lined with plastic bags and secured with tight-fining covers.

L. Garbage, trash and organic waste shall be placed in secured plastic bags and removed from the facility daily or more often if necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.

M. Tightly covered outdoor containers for garbage and trash, consistent with existing residential codes, shall be available in sufficient quantity to accommodate all waste products. Removal of waste products from the facility and its grounds shall be scheduled to maintain freedom from odor, vermin, and insects and to prevent the intrusion of animals.

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 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 effective October 4, 1990 (Supp. 90-4).

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