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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

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PART III NIGHT CARE

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Night Care may be provided by a Center licensed to provide only Night Care or as a component of a licensed Center.

  1. A Center licensed to provide only Night Care shall be exempt from the following requirements in Part I, GENERAL PROVISIONS:

A. Requirements 98, 100 (Number of Staff).
B. Requirements 111-118 (Outdoor Area).

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY

SECURITY

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall show evidence of a security program to ensure that access to children is limited to authorized persons.

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that the exterior of the building is illuminated in accordance with Requirement 168.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall have sleeping arrangements such that children who are awake may be cared for in a separate area from sleeping children and in a manner such that sleeping children are not disturbed.

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that children over the age of seven (7) years do not share a dressing area with persons of the opposite sex.

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that each child shall be provided sleeping equipment as specified in Requirements l22 - l27.

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that each child shall have individual, clean, comfortable sleeping garments.

BATHING FACILITIES

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall follow parental preference regarding bathing for each child as discussed with parents and noted in the child's record.

A. If bathtubs and showers are used, they shall be equipped to prevent slipping.
B. Infants shall be bathed in age appropriate bathing facilities.
C. Portable bathing facilities are acceptable for bathing children before bedtime.
D. Under no circumstances shall a child be bathed in a sink utilized for cleaning dishes and/or utensils.
E. Individual towels and washcloths shall be provided for each child.

  1. Center providing Night Care shall ensure that no child under eight (8) years of age shall be left unsupervised while in a bathtub or shower.

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that there shall be a night light in the bathroom, hallway and sleeping areas as dictated by the individual needs of the children.

GROOMING AIDS

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that combs, toothbrushes, brushes and other such personal items are marked with the owner's name and stored separately.

HUMAN RESOURCES

AWAKE STAFF

  1. Staff members of a Center providing Night Care shall be awake at all times and shall monitor sleeping children.

NUMBER OF STAFF

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall ensure that when all children are sleeping at least one half of the required staff complement shall be present with the children.

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall have at least two (2) staff present when four (4) or more children are present.

A. When only one staff member is present with the children, the Center shall have emergency procedures providing immediate access to emergency service and additional staff available at the Center within one (1) minute of being contacted.
B. When only one (1) staff member is present with the children, the staff member shall have no other responsibilities than caregiving during that time.

CHILD CARE

ACTIVITIES

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall have a program of appropriate activities for children before bedtime.

A. In a Center licensed to provide only Night Care, there shall be a written plan for outdoor play, approved by the Department, to ensure the safety of children .

  1. A Center providing Night Care shall provide each child with individual attention at bedtime and upon awakening.

A. The Center shall discuss with parents any special preferences or habits of each child regarding bedtime and awakening and share this information with the child's caregiver.


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