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Chapter 170-295 WAC

Last Update: 6/12/14

MINIMUM LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS

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LICENSING
What gives the authority to the department to license child care and charge licensing fees?
What definitions under this chapter apply to licensed child care providers?
Who needs to become licensed?
Eligibility to receive state child care subsidies.
Do I have to follow any other regulations or have any other inspections?
Can I get a waiver (exception) to the minimum licensing requirements or to licensing fees?
Can I get a dual license?
What are the requirements for applying for a license to operate a child care center?
What personal characteristics do my volunteers, all staff and I need to provide care to children?
How is my licensed capacity determined?
Initial and nonexpiring full licensesLicensing fees.
Nonexpiring full license.
When can my license application be denied and when can my license be suspended or revoked?
Civil fines.
How much can I be fined?
When can an individual be fined for operating an unlicensed program?
Probationary licenses.
Where can I locate my child care center or facility?
STAFFING
Who can be the director of a child care center?
What if the director does not meet the minimum qualifications?
Who can be a lead teacher in a child care center?
Who can be an assistant or aide in a child care center?
Who can be a volunteer in a child care center?
What initial and ongoing state training and registry system (STARS) training is required for child care center staff?
What continuing state training and registry system (STARS) training is required for child care center staff?
What topics must my new staff orientation include?
What kind of meetings or ongoing training must I provide my staff?
What are the requirements regarding first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training?
Who must have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and bloodborne pathogen training?
What are the tuberculosis (TB) testing requirements for the staff?
PROGRAM
What types of play materials, equipment and activities must I provide for the children?
How long can a child be at the center?
How should staff interact with children?
What behavior management and guidance practices must I have in place?
Must we provide rest periods?
What are the requirements for evening and nighttime care?
What do I need to transport the children on offsite trips?
What must I communicate to parents?
What are the required staff to child ratios and maximum group sizes for my center?
What are the exceptions to group sizes and staff to child ratios?
Are children allowed in the kitchen when they are doing supervised activities?
Are there special program requirements for infants and toddlers?
Do I need an outdoor play area?
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
What kind of health policies and procedures must I have?
How often must staff wash their hands?
When is a child or staff member too ill to be at child care?
How often must children wash their hands?
Am I required to give medications to the children in my care?
Who can provide consent for me to give medication to the children in my care?
How must I store medications?
Can I use bulk medications (use one container for all the children such as with diaper ointments)?
How do I handle left over medication?
When can children take their own medication?
Do I need special equipment to give medication?
What documentation is required when giving children medication?
Can anyone else give medication to children in my care?
What kind of milk can I serve?
How many meals and snacks must I serve?
What kind of food and menus must I have?
What are the food service standards I am required to meet?
What are approved food sources?
How can I be sure that the food I serve is safe?
How do I safely store food?
How do I safely thaw foods?
What type of kitchen material and equipment is required?
What type of eating and drinking equipment must I provide?
CARE OF YOUNG CHILDREN
At what age can I accept infants into care?
How do I meet the nutritional needs of the infants in my care?
What is a safe way to prepare bottles?
What is a safe way to store infant formula and food?
What is a safe way to store breast milk?
What is a correct way to clean bottles and nipples?
Are there specific rules for feeding infants and toddlers?
When should I begin toilet training a child?
Can I use potty-chairs for toilet training?
What sleep equipment do I need for infants?
What additional sleeping arrangements must I make to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?
What must I do to be sure that diaper changing is safe and does not spread infections?
Do I need a nurse consultant?
When are children required to have a change of clothing on-site?
SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT
What first-aid supplies are required in my center?
How do I maintain a safe environment?
What do I need to include in my disaster plan?
How do I maintain a clean and sanitized environment?
How can I make sure water activities are as safe and sanitary as possible?
How must I store maintenance and janitorial supplies?
How do I make sure my water is safe?
How do I safely get rid of sewage and liquid wastes?
What are the fence requirements?
What are the requirements for toilets, handwashing sinks and bathing facilities?
What are the requirements if I do laundry on the premises or offsite?
What kind of sleep and nap equipment do I need for children not in cribs, bassinets, infant beds or playpens?
Are there any requirements for storage space provided for children?
Are there temperature requirements for my facility?
What do I need to know about pesticides?
Can we have animals at the center?
AGENCY PRACTICES
What are the regulations regarding discrimination?
What are the regulations regarding religious activities?
What are the special requirements regarding American Indian children?
What are the requirements regarding child abuse and neglect?
What substances are prohibited in the child care center or on the premises?
Who is allowed to have unsupervised access to children in care?
RECORDS, REPORTING, AND POSTING
Information to be kept in the child's individual file.
Am I required to track immunizations?
Attendance records.
RecordkeepingRecords available to the department.
Electronic attendance recordsRecords retention.
Facility records.
What personnel records and policies must I have?
What injuries and illnesses or child abuse and neglect must I report?
What circumstantial changes must I report to my licensor?
Materials that must be posted.