Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
Terms used in South Carolina Regulations, Chapter 114, Article 5, Part A, shall be all definitions cited in Section 20-7-2700 et seq., Code of Laws of South Carolina in addition to the definitions which follow:
A.(1) Center Director. The staff person who is responsible for the daily operation of a child day care center, including but not limited to supervision of staff and children.
A.(2) Emergency Person. An individual not regularly employed by the facility who is immediately available to serve as staff in the facility during emergency situations.
A.(3) Judicially Determined. A criminal conviction in a court of law which is either the result of a jury trial, guilty plea, plea of no contest or forfeiture of bond in cases of misdemeanor or a determination of child abuse or neglect in any court of competent jurisdiction.
A.(4) Original and Renewal Application for a License/Approval. Completed Department of Social Services (DSS) application form, completed DSS inspection study, completed health and fire inspection reports, current criminal history background records checks (for facilities subject to licensure), written policies and other related information deemed necessary by the Department to make a determination of issuance or non-issuance of a license/approval.
A.(5) Overnight Care. Care provided to children by facilities defined in these regulations from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
A.(6) Parent. Biological or legal guardian of the child or individual or agency with physical or legal custody.
A.(7) Staff. Full-time and part-time administrative, program, service and volunteer personnel, including emergency person(s).
A.(8) Supervision. Care provided to an individual child or a group of children. Adequate supervision requires awareness of and responsibility for the ongoing activity of each child, knowledge of activity requirements and children's needs and accountability for their care. Adequate supervision also requires the director and/or staff being near and having ready access to children in order to intervene when needed.
A.(9) Training. Participation during the calendar year, in workshops, conferences, educational or provider associations, formal schooling, in service training or planned learning opportunities provided by qualified professional child care consultants. Training must be in subject areas related to child care, child growth and development and/or early childhood education, nutrition, infection control/communicable disease management and causes, signs and treatment of child abuse or neglect and must include alternatives to corporal punishment. Training for directors may also be in areas related to supervision of day care staff or program administration.
A.(10) Volunteer. An individual whose services are involved in the operation of the child day care center, without compensation, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, including parents, students, student teachers and other persons, all of whom are subject to compliance with the same applicable regulations as paid facility staff with the exception of training requirements.
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