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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

WAC 388-150-100
Activity program

(1) The licensee shall implement an activity program designed to meet the developmental, cultural, and individual needs of the child served. The licensee shall ensure the program contains a range of learning experiences for the child to:

(a) Gain self-esteem, pelf-awareness, self-control, and decision making abilities;

(b) Develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically;

(c) Learn about nutrition, health, and personal safety; and

(d) Experiment, create, and explore.

(2) The licensee shall ensure the center's program offers variety and options, including a balance between:

(a) Child-initiated and staff-initiated activities;

(b) Free play and organized events;

(c) Individual and group activities; and

(d) Quiet and active experiences.

(3) The licensee shall ensure the center's program affords the child daily opportunities for small and large muscle activities and outdoor play.

(4) The licensee shall operate the center's program under a regular schedule of activities with allowances for a variety of special events. The licensee shall implement a planned program of activities as evidenced by a current, written activity schedule, and afford staff classroom planning time.

(5) The licensee shall manage child and staff movements from one planned activity or care area to another to achieve smooth, unregimented transitions by:

(a) Establishing familiar routines;

(b) Contributing to learning experiences; and

(c) Maintaining staff-to-child ratio and group size guidelines.

(6) The child may remain in care only ten hours or less per day except as necessitated by the parent's working hours and travel time from and to the center.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030. 91-07-013 (Order 3151), § 388-150-100, filed 3/12/91, effective 4/12/91; 90-23-078 (Order 3103), § 388-150-100, filed 11/20/90, effective 12/21/90.]


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