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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

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PART IV SCHOOL-AGE CARE

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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

A. Requirements 130 -133 (Number of Toilets);
B. Requirement 238 (Infant Food and Nutrition);
C. Requirements 247, 249-256, 257 (Activities);
D. Requirement 261 (Equipment).

HUMAN RESOURCES

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS

  1. A Center providing School-age Care shall have staff qualified to work with the age group served by the Center.

A. In relation to requirements 83 and 85, credit hours in recreation, physical education or elementary education shall be accepted as meeting the educational credit hour requirements.
B. Other qualifying experience and training appropriate to school-age children shall be accepted as approved by the Department.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY

GENERAL

  1. When ten (10) or more school-age children are present, a Center providing School-age Care as a component of a licensed Center shall care for any children in the first grade and beyond in an area physically separated from younger children.

  1. A Center providing School-age Care shall provide a space for quiet work or study.

OUTDOOR PLAY AREA

  1. A Center providing School-age Care shall have plans approved by the Department for a suitable and safe outdoor play area.

A. A Center shall provide either safe open outdoor spaces for running and games or supervised excursions to public and private playgrounds.
B. The outdoor play area for school-age children shall be physically separated or used at separate times from that provided for children younger than school-age.

TOILET FACILITIES

  1. A Center providing School-age Care shall have one (l) toilet and sink for every twenty-five (25) school-age children, based on licensed capacity.

A. Urinals shall be counted as one-half of a toilet for the purposes of this calculation provided that the population served includes a significent number of males and that a minimum of two (2) flush toilets are available and accessible to both males and females.
B. Children shall be given privacy in toilet use unless assistance is required.

TRANSPORTATION

  1. A Center providing School-age Care shall document arrangements with parents and the school regarding any transportation provided by the Center to and from the Center, as appropriate.

CHILD CARE

ACTIVITIES

  1. A Center providing School-age Care shall have a program of indoor and outdoor activities suitable for the ages and developmental levels of children served.

A. Children shall be given opportunities for play, sports appropriate to age, relaxation and, whenever possible, outdoor activity immediately after school.
B. A nutritious snack shall be provided to each child upon arrival at the Center from school.
C. Children shall have the opportunity to take responsibility consistent with their ages for planning, carrying out and evaluating their own activities.
D. Children shall be given opportunities to experience a diversity of activities within the Center, the Center neighborhood, and the total community.


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