Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
Care of Young Children
(1) The licensee shall not accept for care a child under one month of age.
(2) Facility. The licensee shall:
(3) Diapering and toileting. The licensee shall ensure:
- (a) Provide a separate, safe play area for the child under one year of
age, or the child not walking;
- (b) In centers licensed for thirteen or more children, care for the child
under one year of age in rooms or areas separate from older children, with:
- (i) Not more than eight children under one year of age to a room or
- (ii) Handwashing facilities in or adjacent to each such room or area.
(4) Feeding. The licensee and the infant's parent shall agree on a schedule for
the infant's feedings.
- (a) The diaper changing area is:
- (i) Separate from food preparation areas;
- (ii) Adjacent to a handwashing sink; and
- (iii) Sanitized between use for different children; or
- (iv) Protected by a disposable covering discarded after each use.
- (b) The designated change area is impervious to moisture and washable;
- (c) Diaper changing procedures are posted at the changing area;
- (d) Disposable towels or clean, reusable towels, laundered between usage
for different children, are used for cleaning the child;
- (e) Staff wash hands after diapering the child or helping the child with
- (f) Disposable diapers, a commercial diaper service, or reusable diapers
supplied by the child's family are used;
- (g) Soiled diapers are placed without rinsing into a separate, cleanable,
covered container provided with a waterproof liner before transporting to
the laundry, parent, or acceptable disposal;
- (h) Soiled diapers are removed from the facility daily or more often unless
the licensee uses a commercial diaper service;
- (i) Toilet training is initiated when the child indicates readiness and
in consultation with the child's parent;
- (j) Potty chairs, when in use, are located on washable, impervious surfaces;
- (k) Toilet training equipment is sanitized after each use.
(5) Sleeping equipment. The licensee shall furnish the infant a single-level crib,
infant bed, bassinet, or play pen for napping until such time the licensee and
parent concur the infant can safely use a mat, cot, or other approved sleeping
- (a) Bottle feedings.
- (i) The licensee or parent may provide the child's bottle feeding in
the following manner:
- (A) A filled bottle brought from home;
- (B) Whole milk or formula in ready-to-feed strength; or
- (C) Formula requiring no preparation other than dilution with water,
mixed on the premises.
- (ii) The licensee shall prepare the child's bottle and nipple in a
sanitary manner in an area separate from diapering areas.
- (iii) The licensee shall sanitize the child's bottle and nipple between
- (iv) The licensee shall label the child's bottle with the child's name
and date prepared.
- (v) The licensee shall refrigerate a filled bottle if the child does
not consume the content immediately and shall discard the bottle's content
if the child does not consume the content within twelve hours.
- (b) To ensure safety and promote nurturing, the licensee shall ensure staff:
- (i) Hold in a semi-sitting position for feedings the infant unable
to sit in a high chair, unless such is against medical advice;
- (ii) Interact with the child;
- (iii) Do not prop a bottle;
- (iv) Do not give a bottle to the reclining child, unless the bottle
contains water only;
- (v) Take the bottle from the child when the child finishes feeding;
- (vi) Keep the child in continuous visual and auditory range.
- (c) The licensee shall provide semi-solid food for the infant, upon consultation
with the parent, not before the child is four months of age and not later
than ten months of age, unless such is not recommended by the child's health
(6) When the licensee furnishes the infant or child a crib, the licensee shall
ensure the crib is:
(7) The licensee shall not allow the infant or child to use a stacked crib.
- (a) Sturdy and made of wood, metal, or plastic with secure latching devices;
- (b) Constructed with two and three-eighths inches or less space between
vertical slats when the crib is used for an infant six months of age or younger.
The licensee may allow an infant to use a crib not meeting the spacing requirement
provided the licensee uses crib bumpers or another effective method preventing
the infant's body from slipping between the slats.
(8) The licensee shall ensure the infant's or child's crib mattress is:
(9) Program and equipment. The licensee shall provide the infant a daily opportunity
- (a) Snug fitting, preventing the infant from being caught between the mattress
and crib side rails; and
- (b) Waterproof and easily sanitized.
(10) The licensee shall provide the infant safe, noningestible, and suitable toys
and equipment for the infant's mental and physical development.
- (a) Large and small muscle development;
- (b) Crawling and exploring;
- (c) Sensory stimulation;
- (d) Social interaction;
- (e) Development of communication; and
- (f) Learning self-help skills.
(11) Nursing consultation. The licensee licensed for the care of four or more
infants shall arrange for regular nursing consultation to include one or more
monthly on-site visits by a registered nurse trained or experienced in the care
of young children.
(12) In collaboration with the licensee, the nurse shall, advise the center
(13) The licensee shall obtain a written agreement with the nurse for consultation
- (a) Operation of the infant care program; and
- (b) Implementation of the child health program.
(14) The licensee shall document the nurse's on-site consultations.
(15) The licensee shall ensure the nurse consultant's name and telephone number
is posted or otherwise available on the premises.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.020 and 74.15.030. 93-18-001 (Order 3623),
§388150-270, filed 8/18/93, effective 9/18/93. Statutory Authority: RCW
74.15.030. 90-23-078 (Order 3103), § 388-150-270, filed 11/20/90, effective