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PDFWAC 110-145-1750

What are the requirements for supervising children?

(1) You must provide and arrange supervision that is appropriate for the child's age, and developmental level including:
(a) Appropriate adult supervision including ongoing and periodic checks of the children in your facility;
(b) Personal attention;
(c) Emotional support;
(d) Structured daily routines and living experiences; and
(e) Additional supervision as needed and required by the department. This supervision may require auditory or visual supervision at all times.
(2) You must also ensure that:
(a) Children under five years of age and children who are vulnerable due to their disability are not left unattended in a bathtub or shower;
(b) Cribs, bassinets, cradles, playpens and swings are not used as a substitute for supervising or interactive play with infants and young children;
(c) Children who help with activities involving food preparation are supervised based on their age and skills;
(d) Children are assisted to develop self-control and judgment skills; and
(e) Children are encouraged to assume age-appropriate responsibility for their decisions and actions.
(3) Prior to placement, you must inquire if a child poses a risk to the other children in your facility or has special supervision needs by obtaining information from the parent, legal guardian, the child's DSHS worker, therapist, or previous placements. You must:
(a) Develop a plan to address those needs;
(b) Obtain approval from the child's DCFS worker if the child is under the care and authority of the department; and
(c) Inform your licensor.
(4) All high risk activities, including the use of power driven machines or other hazardous equipment, must be properly supervised by an adult. When participating in high risk activities, children must:
(a) Be instructed how to use and required to use appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets and life vests; and
(b) Be in continuous visual or auditory range at all times, unless approved by the child's DSHS worker.
[WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-145-1750, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, § 388-145-1750, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]
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