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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

WAC 388-150-165

When the licensee provides transportation for the child in care:

(1) The licensee shall ensure that the motor vehicle operated by the facility is maintained in a safe operating condition;

(2) The licensee shall ensure the motor vehicle in which the child rides during hours of care is equipped with appropriate safety devices and individual seat belts or safety seats for each child to use when the vehicle is in motion. The licensee shall assure that children less than two years of age are restrained in a restraint system that complies with standards of the United States department of transportation. Seat belts are not required for buses approved by the state patrol;

(3) The licensee shall ensure the number of passengers does not exceed the seating capacity of the motor vehicle;

(4) The licensee or driver shall carry liability and medical insurance. The driver shall have a current Washington driver's license, valid for the classification of motor vehicle operated;

(5) The driver or staff supervising the child in the motor vehicle shall have current first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, except that when the center uses more than one vehicle for a field trip, only one person in the group is required to have this training;

(6) The licensee shall ensure a minimum of one staff person, other than the driver, is present in the motor vehicle when:

(a) Seven or more preschool age and younger children are present; or

(b) Staff-to-child ratio guidelines require additional staff.

(7) Staff or driver shall not leave the child unattended in the motor vehicle.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.020 and 74.15.030. 93-18-001 (Order 3623), §388150-165, filed 8/18/93, effective 9/18/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030. 90-23-078 (Order 3103), § 388-150-165, filed 11/20/90, effective 12/21/90.]


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