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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


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800 - NUTRITION - BUILDINGS

 

  1. Child care centers shall comply with the Minimum Requirements of The National Fire Safety Code 101 as administered by local fire department or by the State Fire Marshal, who has final authority. Written verification of annual approval shall be maintained on file.

  1. State Health Department requirements shall be met. Written verification of annual approval shall be maintained on file.

  1. All space used by a center shall be kept clean and free of hazardous or potentially hazardous objects.

  1. Thirty-five square feet per child of usable floor space shall be required for indoor activities. This does not include bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. Usable space in the child care center shall include areas in the classroom used for storage of programmatic materials which are accessible to children. This does not include closets or storage space for equipment that is not in use.

  1. Separate space shall be provided for the isolation of children who become ill and shall be located in an area that can be supervised at all times by a staff member.

  1. All parts of the center used by the children shall be well heated, lighted and ventilated. Glass doors shall be clearly marked. When windows and doors are used for ventilation, they shall be screened and shall not present a safety hazard.

  1. Floor furnaces, gas heaters, electric heaters, hot radiators, hot water heaters, air conditioners and electric fans shall have guards and shall not present a safety hazard.

  1. Floors, ceilings and walls shall be in good repair and kept clean. Paints used at the facility shall be lead free.

  1. A child care center shall have an operable telephone.

  1. The following manufactured homes shall not be used as child care centers:

a. Manufactured homes constructed prior to June, 1976;

b. Manufactured homes constructed with metal roofs and outside walls; or

c. Single-wide manufactured homes.

  1. Double-wide manufactured homes may be considered provided they are tied down in accordance with the manufacturer's tie down specifications manual. Any new application for a child care center that requests the use of a manufactured home shall obtain an inspection at the applicant's expense from the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission.

  1. Manufactured homes currently licensed as day care facilities shall be tied down as recommended by the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission.


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