This child care facility is licensed according to the minimum licensure standards included in section 402.305, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 65C-22, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).

To report suspected or actual cases of child abuse or neglect, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.

PARENT’S ROLE

A parent’s role in quality child care is vital:

 

☐  Inquire about the qualifications and experience of child care staff, as well as staff turnover.

☐  Know the facility’s policies and procedures.

☐  Communicate directly with caregivers.

☐  Visit and observe the facility.

☐  Participate in special activities,

meetings, and conferences.

☐  Talk to your child about their daily

experiences in child care.

☐  Arrange alternate care for their child

when they are sick.

☐  Familiarize yourself with the child care

standards used to license the child care facility.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Every licensed child care facility must meet the minimum state child care licensing standards pursuant to s. 402.305, F.S., and ch. 65C-22, F.A.C., which include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

• Valid license posted for parents to see.

• All staff appropriately screened.

• Maintain appropriate transportation vehicles

(if transportation is provided).

• Provide parents with written disciplinary practices

used by the facility.

• Provide access to the facility during normal hours

of operation.

• Maintain minimum staff-to-child ratios:

 

Age of Child            Child:Teacher Ratio

 

Infant                                   4:1

1 year old                            6:1

2 year old                           11:1

3 year old                           15:1

4 year old                           20:1

5 year old and up             25:1

 

Health Related Requirements

Emergency procedures that include:

• Posting Florida Abuse Hotline number along with other emergency numbers.

• Staff trained in first aid and Infant/Child CPR on the premises at all times.

• Fully stocked rst aid kit.

• A working re extinguisher and documented monthly re drills with children and staff.

• Medication and hazardous materials are inaccessible and out of children’s reach.

 

Training Requirements

• 40-hour introductory child care training.

• 10-hour in-service training annually.

• 0.5 continuing education unit of approved training or 5 clock hours of training in early literacy and language development.

• Director Credential for all facility directors.

 

Food and Nutrition

• Post a meal and snack menu that pro- vides daily nutritional needs of the children (if meals are provided).

 

Record Keeping

Maintain accurate records that include:

• Children’s health exam/immunization record.

• Medication records.

• Enrollment information.

• Personnel records.

• Daily attendance.

• Accidents and incidents.

• Parental permission for eld trips and administration of medications.

 

Physical Environment

• Maintain sufficient usable indoor or space for playing, working, and napping.

• Provide space that is clean and free of litter and other hazards.

• Maintain sufficient lighting and inside temperatures.

• Equipped with age and developmentally appropriate toys.

• Provide appropriate bathroom facilities and other furnishings.

• Provide isolation area for children who become ill.

• Practice proper hand washing, toileting, and diapering activities

 

QUALITY CHILD CARE

Quality child care offers healthy, social, and educational experiences under qualified supervision in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Children in these settings participate in daily, age-appropriate activities that help develop essential skills, build independence and instill self-respect. When evaluating the quality of a child care setting, the following indicators should be considered:

 

Quality Activities

• Are children initiated and teacher facilitated.

• Include social interchanges with all children.

• Are expressive including play, painting, drawing, story telling, music, dancing, and other varied activities.

• Include exercise and coordination development.

• Include free play and organized activities.

• Include opportunities for all children to read, be creative, explore, and problem-solve.

 

Quality Caregivers

• 40-hour introductory child care training.

• Are friendly and eager to care for children.

• Accept family cultural and ethnic differences.

• Are warm, understanding, encouraging, and responsive to each child’s individual needs.

• Use a pleasant tone of voice and frequently hold, cuddle, and talk to the children.

• Help children manage their behavior in a positive, constructive, and non-threatening manner.

• Allow children to play alone or in small groups.

• Are attentive to and interact with the children.

• Provide stimulating, interesting, and educational activities.

• Demonstrate knowledge of social and emotional needs and developmental tasks for all children.

• Communicate with parents.

 

Quality Enviroments

• Are clean, safe, inviting, comfortable, child-friendly.

• Provide easy access to age-appropriate toys.

• Display children’s activities and creations.

• Provide a safe and secure environment that fosters the growing independence of all children.

 

CHILD CARE PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS

Operator/Director Requirements:

 

• Good moral character based upon a Level 2 screening standards, as provided in Chapter 435.04, F.S.

• Must be at least 21 years of age.

• Must complete the Department’s 40‐clock‐hour introductory child care training as evidenced by passage of a competency exam.

• Must complete 10‐hour annual in‐service training.

• Must complete 0.5 continuing education unit or 5 clock hours of approved training in early literacy and language development birth to 5 years of age.

• Must complete specialized training in serving children with disabilities within 5 years after employment.

• Must have a director credential prior to issuance of license.

 

Employee Requirements:

 

• 40-hour introductory child care training.

• Good moral character based upon a Level 2 screening standards, as provided in Chapter 435.04, F.S.

• Must be at least 16 years of age to be left unsupervised.

• Must complete the Department’s 40‐clock‐hour introductory child care training as evidenced by passage of a competency exam.

• Must complete 10‐hour annual in‐service training.

• Must complete 0.5 continuing education unit or 5 clock hours of approved training in early literacy and language development birth to 5 years of age.

• At least one staff member with a valid certificate of course completion in first aid training and infant/child CPR must be present at all times both onsite and on field trips.

 

CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Indoor Space Footage: 35 square foot per child (20 square feet if child care facility was licensed by October 1, 1992 and has continued to be licensed).

 

Outdoor Space Footage: 45 square foot per child outdoor play area (Outdoor play area shall be calculated for a minimum of 1⁄2 the licensed capacity, excluding children under one year of age).

Adequate number of toilet and wash basins available for the number of children in care.