Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
(1) Water Supply
(a) The center's water supply shall be continuous in quantity and from a water supply system approved by the Health Division.
(b) There shall be safe drinking water available to children that is supplied in a sanitary manner. Drinking water shall not be obtained from bathroom sinks or diaper changing sinks.
(2) Heat and Ventilation
(a) The center shall be ventilated, by natural or mechanical means, and shall be free of excessive heat, condensation, and obnoxious odors.
(b) Room temperature shall be at least 68° F. (20 C.) and not so warm as to be dangerous or unhealthy in the center when children are present.
(c) After painting or laying carpet, the building must be aired out completely for at least 24 hours with good ventilation before children are allowed to return.
(3) Insect and Rodent Control
(a) The center shall be in such condition as to prevent the infestation of rodents and insects.
(b) Doors and windows used for ventilation shall be equipped with fine-meshed screens.
(c) Automatic insecticide dispensers, vaporizers, or fumigants shall not be used.
(a) The building, toys, equipment, and furniture shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition:
(A) Kitchen and toilet rooms shall be cleaned when soiled and at least daily;
(B) The isolation area shall be thoroughly cleaned after each use and all bedding laundered before it is used again;
(C) Door knobs and cabinet pulls in toilet rooms and diaper changing areas shall be sanitized daily;
(D) All clean linen shall be stored in a sanitary manner;
(E) Soiled bed linen and clothing shall not be stored in food preparation or food storage areas, and shall be inaccessible to children;
(F) Floors, walls, ceilings, and fixtures of all rooms shall be kept clean and in good repair;
(G) All food storage areas shall be kept clean and free of food particles, dust, dirt, and other materials;
(H) Cribs, mats, and cots shall be sanitized with a sanitizing solution at least once a week and upon change of occupant. If visibly soiled, items must be cleaned prior to sanitizing.
(I) Bedding shall be cleaned when soiled, upon change of occupant and at least once a week;
(J) Water tables and toys used in water tables shall be emptied and sanitized daily;
(K) When a chemical, such as chlorine, is used for sanitizing, a test kit that measures the parts per million concentration of the solution shall be used to ensure the proper concentration; and
(L) Cloths, both single use and multiple use, used for wiping food spills on utensils and food-contact surfaces shall be kept clean and used for no other purpose. Cloths that are reused shall be stored in a sanitizing solution between uses.
(b) The center shall be kept hazard-free, in good repair, and free of litter or rubbish and unused or inoperable equipment and utensils.
(5) Infant and Toddler Care
(a) The following shall be sanitized immediately after each use. If visibly soiled, items must be cleaned prior to sanitizing:
(A) A bathtub or other receptacle used for bathing a child;
(B) A diaper-changing table;
(C) High chairs, tables and chairs;
(D) Toys that infants and toddlers put in the mouth; and
(E) Toilet training seat inserts.
(b) Pacifiers must be labeled, stored individually and sanitized after contamination. The health department must approve methods of sanitation.
(c) A sanitizing solution shall be kept in each diaper changing area ready for immediate use. This solution need not be stored in a locked cabinet but must be out of children's reach.
(6) Hand washing
(a) Staff and children shall wash their hands with soap and warm running water after using the toilet or wiping the nose, and before and after eating.
(b) Staff shall wash their hands with soap and warm running water before and after changing a diaper, before and after feeding a child or handling food and after assisting a child with toileting or wiping the nose.
(c) Infants' and children's hands shall be washed with soap and warm running water after diaper changing.
(d) Commercial products labeled "hand sanitizers" shall not replace hand washing. If hand sanitizers are present in the center, they shall be kept under child-proof lock and shall not be used by children.
(e) When hand washing is not possible, e.g. on field trips and on the playground, moist towelettes shall be used.
(7) Waste Disposal
(a) All sewage and liquid wastes shall be collected, treated, and disposed of in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Environmental Quality.
(b) All garbage, solid waste, and refuse shall be disposed of at least once a week.
(c) All garbage shall be kept in watertight, non-absorbent, and easily washable containers with close-fitting lids.
(d) Diaper disposal containers shall be approved by the sanitarian.
(e) All garbage storage areas and garbage containers shall be kept clean.(f) All rubbish and garbage storage shall be inaccessible to children
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