North Carolina North Carolina

Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


SECTION .1600 - AA REQUIREMENTS

.1601 ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES REQUIRED

AA centers and other centers seeking a two through five star rated license through the voluntary enhanced program standards shall have administrative policies and practices which provide for responsible selection and training of staff, on-going communication with and opportunities for participation by parents, sound operational and fiscal management, and objective evaluation of the program, management and staff in accordance with the rules of this Section.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; November 1, 1989; July 1, 1988.

.1602 OPERATIONAL AND PERSONNEL POLICIES

(a) Each center shall have written policies which describe the operation of the center and the services which are available to parents and their children. The operational policies shall include at least the following information:

(1) the days and hours the center operates;

(2) age range of children served;

(3) admission requirements and enrollment procedures;

(4) parent fees and payment plan;

(5) information about services provided by the center, i.e. number of meals served, before/after school care, transportation;

(6) items, if any, to be provided by parents;

(7) a schedule of daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning duties;

(8) written procedures for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect;

(9) the center's discipline policy for behavior management;

(10) a description of opportunities for parent participation; and

(11) nutrition policies

(b) Operational policies shall be discussed with parents at the time they inquire about enrolling their child in the center. A copy of the policies shall be given to the parents when their child is enrolled and they shall be notified in writing of all changes.

(c) Copies of operational policies and any subsequent changes to those policies shall be distributed to the staff.

(d) Each center in which more than two staff are required to meet the voluntary enhanced standards for staff/child ratios shall have written personnel policy which includes at least the following information:

(1) job descriptions for each position;

(2) minimum qualifications for each position including reference checks;

(3) health and medical requirements;

(4) requirements and provisions for inservice training;

(5) provisions for leave time and other absence;

(6) procedures for on-going supervision and regular evaluation of work performance; and

(7) resignation and termination procedures.

(e) Personnel policies shall be discussed with each employee at the time of employment and a copy of the policies shall be available to all staff. Staff shall be notified in writing of any changes in personnel policies.

(f) In addition to all records required in Rule .0302(d), each employee's personnel file shall contain an annual staff evaluation and staff development plan.

(g) All personnel files of employees hired after April 1, 1999 shall also contain:

(1) a signed and dated statement verifying that the employee received a copy of his/her job description(s) and has reviewed the personnel and operational policies; and

(2) documentation that information concerning the voluntary enhanced standards was included during the employee's orientation.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; July 1, 1988.

.1603 ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS: PERSONNEL RECORDS

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.1; 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

.1604 PHYSICAL FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT FOR AA CENTERS

(a) There shall be at least 30 square feet inside space per child present at any one time and 100 square feet outside space per child present at any one time. Or, there shall be at least 35 square feet inside space per child present at any one time and 100 square feet outside space per child for at least 50 percent of the total number of children present at any one time.

(b) There must be an area which can be arranged for administrative and private conference activities.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. July 1, 1988.

.1605 HEALTH STANDARDS

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.1; 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

.1606 STAFF/CHILD RATIOS

(a) The center shall comply with the staff-child ratios and maximum group sizes set in this Rule.

AGE

STAFF

NO. of CHILDREN

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE

STAFF

Birth to 12 Months

1

5

10

2

1 to 2 Years

1

6

12

2

2 to 3 Years

1

9

18

2

3 to 4 Years

1

10

20

2

4 to 5 Years

1

13

25

2

5 to 6 Years

1

15

25

2

6 Years and Older

1

20

25

2

(b) All provisions, excluding staff/child ratios and group sizes of Rules .0712 and .0713 of this Subchapter, shall apply.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; August 1, 1990; July 1, 1988.

.1607 STAFF-CHILD RATIOS FOR 6-16 CHILDREN INCLUSIVE

.1608 STAFF DEVELOPMENT

.1609 SPACE FOR INFANTS

.1610 INFANT CARE HEALTH AND SAFETY

.1611 SCHOOL AGE CARE

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.1; 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

.1612 CAREGIVING ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

(a) Each center shall comply with the requirements in Rule .0508 for written activity schedules and plans, and in Rule .0509 for general activity requirements.

(b) Each center providing care to preschool-age children aged two years old or older shall comply with the requirements for activity areas for preschool-age children in Rule .0510 except that all five of the activity areas listed in G.S. 110-91(12) shall be available each day and the activities listed in Paragraph(f) of Rule .0510 shall be offered for each group of children at least once per week.

(c) The requirements for activities for infants and toddlers set forth in Rule .0511 shall apply for children under two years of age.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. April 1, 1999; October 1, 1991; July 1, 1988.

.1613 PARENT PARTICIPATION

(a) Each center shall have a plan which will encourage parent participation and inform parents about the program and its services. The plan shall be discussed with parents at the time the child is enrolled and shall be posted in the center or a copy shall be given to parents at the time of enrollment.

(b) The plan shall include the following:

(1) a procedure for registering a child for day care which involves both parents or parent substitutes when possible and which encourages a visit to the center by the child and the child's parent before the child begins attending the center;

(2) opportunities for caregiving staff to meet with parents on a regular basis to discuss their child's needs and progress and to exchange information about the program;

(3) activities which provide parents opportunities to participate in the center's program on an individual basis and as a group;

(4) a procedure for parents who need information or have complaints about the child care program.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. November 1, 1989; July 1, 1988.

.1614 FAMILY SERVICE PROGRAM

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.1; 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Repealed Eff. July 1, 1988.

.1615 NIGHT CARE

(a) A variety of activities and experiences shall be available for children during the evening hours. Quiet activities will be planned just before bedtime. Children shall have opportunities to develop good personal care and health habits through routines.

(b) Schedules for the children receiving nighttime care must be flexible and individually planned.

(c) When possible, children shall be left for care and picked up before and after their normal sleeping period so that there is minimal disturbance of the child during sleep.

History Note: Authority G.S. 110-88(7); 143B-168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986; Amended Eff. January 1, 1991


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