Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
Indoor Play Area
(1) The center's indoor premises shall contain adequate area for child play
and sufficient space to house a developmentally appropriate program for the
number and age range of children served.
The licensee shall provide a minimum of thirty-five square feet of usable
floor space per child, exclusive of a bathroom, hallway, and closet. If the
staff removes mats and cots when not in use, the licensee may use and consider
the napping area as child care space.
(3) The licensee shall provide a minimum of fifty square feet of usable floor
space per child for the play and napping of the infant and other child requiring
- (a) The licensee may consider the kitchen usable space if:
- (i) Appliances and utensils do not create a safety hazard;
- (ii) Toxic or harmful substances are not accessible to the child;
- (iii) Food preparation and storage sanitation is maintained; and
- (iv) The space is located safely and appropriately for use as a child
care activity area.
- (b) The department may allow the licensee the use of a kitchen for occasional
activities, but not include the kitchen in calculating the center's capacity.
- (c) The department may allow the licensee to count the kitchen in calculating
the center's capacity if the kitchen is:
- (i) Adjacent to the care area;
- (ii) Available for more than an occasional activity; and
- (iii) Large enough for group activities.
(4) The licensee may use a room for multiple purposes such as playing, dining,
napping, and learning activities, provided the:
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.020 and 79.15.030. 93-18-001 (Order 3623), §388150-330,
filed 8/18/93, effective 9/18/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030.
- (a) Room is of sufficient size; and
- (b) Room's usage for one purpose does not interfere with usage of the room
for another purpose.
90-23-078 (Order 3103), § 388-150-330, filed 11/20/90, effective 12/21/90.]