File No. 36719
This rule was published in the October 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Child Care Licensing
Licensed Family Child Care
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 36719
Filed: 09/05/2012 03:14:02 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this change is to correct outdated language and rule references.
Summary of the rule or change:
The proposed changes remove outdated references to tuberculosis (TB) testing of staff. Based on a recommendation from the state's TB Advisory Board, the requirement for TB testing was previously removed from this rule. Some language related to TB testing was inadvertently left in a different section of the rule. The proposed changes also clarify the requirements for equipment use zones and correct an outdated rule reference.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Title 26, Chapter 39
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
No state agencies operate in-home child care programs, so there are no anticipated costs or savings to state budgets associated with this rule change.
No local governments operate in-home child care programs so there are no anticipated costs or savings to local government associated with this rule change.
Almost all in-home child care programs are small businesses. However, because none of the proposed changes add or remove content to the current requirements, the Department does not anticipate any cost or savings as a result of this change.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
Because none of the proposed changes add or remove content to the current requirements, the Department does not anticipate any cost or savings as a result of this change.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Because this rule does not impose any new requirement for child care providers, the Department does not anticipate any compliance costs for affected persons.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
These technical and other minor changes will have no fiscal impact on businesses.
David Patton, PhD, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Health
Family Health and Preparedness, Child Care Licensing
CANNON HEALTH BLDG
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3231
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Simon Bolivar at the above address, by phone at 801-584-8223, by FAX at 801-584-8467, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
David Patton, Executive Director
R430. Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Child Care Licensing.
R430-90. Licensed Family Child Care.
R430-90-6. Outdoor Environment.
(1) There shall be an outdoor play area for children that is safely accessible to children.
(2) The outdoor play area shall have at least 40 square feet of space for each child using the space at one time.
(3) The outdoor play area shall be enclosed within a 4 foot high fence or wall, or within a solid natural barrier that is at least 4 feet high if:
(a) the licensee's home is located on a street with a speed limit higher than 25 miles per hour, or within half a mile of a street with a speed limit higher than 25 miles per hour; or
(b) the licensee's home is located on a street with more than two lanes of traffic, or within half a mile of a street with more than two lanes of traffic.
(4) If any of the following hazards exist, they must be located behind a 4 foot high fence, wall, or solid barrier that separates the hazard from the children's outdoor play area:
(a) livestock on the licensee's property or within 50 yards of the licensee's property line;
(b) a water hazard, such as a swimming pool, pond, ditch, lake, reservoir, river, stream, creek, or animal watering trough, on the licensee's property or within 100 yards of the licensee's property line;
(c) dangerous machinery, such as farm equipment, on the licensee's property or within 50 yards of the licensee's property line;
(d) a drop-off of more than five feet on the licensee's property or within 50 yards of the licensee's property line; or
(e) barbed wire within 30 feet of the children's play area.
(5) The outdoor play area shall be free of poisonous plants, harmful objects, toxic or hazardous substances, and standing water.
(6) When in use by a child in care, the outdoor play area shall be free of animal excrement.
(7) If a fence or barrier is required in Subsections (3) or (4) above, or Subsections 12(10)(c)(i) or 12(11)(b) below, there shall be no gap greater than five inches in the fence or barrier, nor shall any gap between the bottom of the fence or barrier and the ground be greater than five inches.
(8) The outdoor play area shall have a shaded area to protect each child from excessive sun and heat.
(9) An outdoor source of drinking water, such as individually labeled water bottles or a pitcher of water and individual cups that are taken outside, shall be available to each child whenever the outside temperature is 75 degrees or higher.
(10) Stationary play equipment used by any child in care shall not be located over hard surfaces such as cement, asphalt, or packed dirt, and shall have a 3' use zone. The licensee shall have until 1 September 2013 to meet the 3' use zone requirement.
(11) The licensee shall ensure that children using outdoor play equipment use it safely and in the manner intended by the manufacturer.
(12) There shall be no openings of a size greater than 3-1/2 by 6-1/4 inches and less than 9 inches in diameter on or within the use zone of any piece of stationary play equipment where the feet of any child in care whose head is entrapped in the opening cannot touch the ground.
(13) There shall be no strangulation hazard on, within the use zone of, or adjacent to the use zone of any piece of stationary play equipment.
(14) There shall be no crush, shearing, or sharp edge hazards on, within the use zone of, or adjacent to the use zone of any piece of stationary play equipment.
(15) There shall be no tripping hazards, such as concrete footings, tree stumps, exposed tree roots, or rocks within the use zone of any piece of stationary play equipment.
(16) The licensee shall ensure that outdoor play areas and outdoor play equipment are maintained to protect each child's safety.
(1) The licensee and all substitutes and caregivers must:
(a) be at least 18 years of age; and
(b) have knowledge of and comply with all applicable laws and rules.
(2) All assistant caregivers shall:
(a) be at least 16 years of age;
(b) work under the immediate supervision of a provider who is at least 18 years of age; and
(c) have knowledge of and comply with all applicable laws and rules.
(3) Assistant caregivers may be included in provider to child ratios, but only if there is also another provider present in the home who is 18 years of age or older.
(4) Assistant caregivers shall meet the
and TB screening ]requirements of this rule.
(5) The licensee may make arrangements for a substitute who is at least 18 years old and who is capable of providing care, supervising children, and handling emergencies in the absence of the licensee.
(6) Substitutes who care for children an
average of 10 hours per week or more shall meet the training, first
aid and CPR[
, and TB screening ]requirements of this rule.
(7) In an unforeseeable emergency, such as a medical emergency requiring immediate care at a hospital or at an urgent care center or a lost child, the licensee may assign an emergency substitute who has not had a criminal background screening to care for the children. A licensee may use an emergency substitute for up to 24 hours for each emergency event.
(a) The emergency substitute shall be at least 18 years of age.
(b) The emergency substitute is not
required to meet the training, first aid and CPR[
, and TB screening] requirements of this rule.
(c) The emergency substitute cannot be a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or has been investigated for abuse or neglect by any federal, state, or local government agency. The emergency substitute must provide a signed, written declaration to the licensee that he or she is not disqualified under this subsection.
(d) During the term of the emergency, the emergency substitute may be counted as a provider for the purpose of maintaining the required provider to child ratios.
(e) The licensee shall make reasonable efforts to minimize the time that the emergency substitute has unsupervised contact with the children in care.
(8) Any new caregiver, volunteer, or non-emergency substitute shall receive orientation training prior to assuming caregiving duties. Orientation training shall be documented in the individual's file and shall include the following topics:
(a) specific job responsibilities;
(b) the licensee's written policies and procedures;
(c) the licensee's emergency and disaster plan;
(d) the current child care licensing rules found in Sections R430-90-11 through 24;
(e) introduction and orientation to the children in care;
(f) a review of the information in the health assessment for each child in care;
(g) procedure for releasing children to authorized individuals only;
(h) proper clean up of body fluids;
(i) signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, and legal reporting requirements for witnessing or suspicion of abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(j) obtaining assistance in emergencies; and
(k) if the licensee accepts infants or toddlers for care, orientation training topics shall also include:
(i) preventing shaken baby syndrome and coping with crying babies; and
(ii) preventing sudden infant death syndrome.
(9) Substitutes who care for children an average of 10 hours per week or more, the licensee, and all caregivers shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of child care training each year, based on the license date. A minimum of 10 hours of the required annual training shall be face-to-face instruction.
(a) Documentation of annual training shall be kept in each individual's file, and shall include the name of the training organization, the date, the training topic, and the total hours or minutes of training.
(b) All caregivers and non-emergency substitutes who begin employment partway through the license year shall complete a proportionate number of training hours based on the number of months worked prior to the relicense date.
(c) Annual training hours shall include the following topics at least once every two years:
(i) a review of all of the current child care licensing rules found in Sections R430-90-11 through 24;
(ii) a review of the licensee's written policies and procedures and emergency and disaster plan, including any updates;
(iii) signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, and legal reporting requirements for witnessing or suspicion of abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(iv) principles of child growth and development, including development of the brain; and
(v) positive guidance; and
(d) if the licensee accepts infants or toddlers for care, required training topics shall also include:
(i) preventing shaken baby syndrome and coping with crying babies; and
(ii) preventing sudden infant death syndrome.
(1) The licensee shall maintain on-site for review by the Department during any inspection the following general records:
(a) documentation of the previous 12 months of quarterly fire drills and annual disaster drills as specified in R430-90-10(9) and R430-90-10(11);
(b) current animal vaccination records as required in R430-90-22(2)(b);
(c) a six week record of child attendance as required in R430-90-13(3);
(d) a current local health department kitchen inspection;
(e) an initial local fire department clearance for all areas of the home being used for care;
(f) approved initial "CBS/LIS Consent and Release of Liability for Child Care" form for all providers, volunteers, and each person age 12 and older who resides in the licensee's home;
(g) if the licensee has been licensed for more than a year, the most recent criminal background "Disclosure Statement" which includes all providers, volunteers, and each person age 12 and older who resided in the home of the licensee at any time since the last license renewal; and
(h) if the licensee has been licensed for more than a year, the most recent "Request for Annual Renewal of CBS/LIS Criminal History Information for Child Care" which includes all providers, volunteers, and each person age 12 and older who resided in the home of the licensee at any time since the last license renewal.
(2) The licensee shall maintain on-site for review by the Department during any inspection the following records for each enrolled child:
(a) an admission form containing the following information for each child:
(ii) date of birth;
(iii) the parent's name, address, and phone number, including a daytime phone number;
(iv) the names of people authorized by the parent to pick up the child;
(v) the name, address and phone number of a person to be contacted in the event of an emergency if a provider is unable to contact the parent;
(vi) child health information, as required in R430-90-14(7); and
(vii) current emergency medical treatment and emergency medical transportation releases with the parent's signature;
(b) current immunization records or documentation of a legally valid exemption, as specified in R430-90-14(5) and (6);
(c) a completed transportation permission form, if transportation services are offered to any child in care;
(d) a six week record of medication permission forms, and a six week record of medications actually administered as specified in R430-90-17(4) and R430-90-17(6)(f), if medications are administered to any child in care; and
(e) a six week record of incident, accident, and injury reports.
(3) The licensee shall maintain on-site for review by the Department during any inspection the following records for the licensee and each non-emergency substitute and caregiver:
(a) orientation training documentation for all non-emergency substitutes and caregivers as required in R430-90-7(8);
(b) annual training documentation for the past two years, for the licensee and all non-emergency substitutes and caregivers, as required in R430-90-7(9)(a); and
(c) current first aid and CPR
certification, as required in R430-90-10(2), R430-90-20(3)[
(c)], and R430-90-21(2).
(4) The licensee shall maintain on-site for review by the Department during any inspection orientation training documentation for each volunteer as required in R430-90-7(8).
(5) The licensee shall ensure that information in any child's file is not released without written parental permission.
KEY: child care facilities
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
May 1, ]2012
Notice of Continuation: June 6, 2008
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-39
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