(A) Indoor and outdoor play space shall contain furniture, materials and equipment of appropriate size and type to meet the intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs of the preschool children enrolled in the program. Material and equipment shall be:
(1) Maintained in a safe and sanitary condition; and
(2) Provided in quantities proportionate to the enrollment.
(B) Furniture, materials and equipment shall meet safety and sanitation guidelines developed by the department. the following requirements shall be met:
(1) Protective mats shall be placed under climbers;
(2) Electrical outlets shall be covered when not in use;
(3) Space heaters shall not be used in any preschool program unless approved in writing by the building and/or fire official having jurisdiction in the area; and
(4) If electrical fans are used, they shall have protective coverings; shall not be easily tipped over; and shall be placed so that they are not hazardous to children.
(5) Cleaning and sanitizing supplies shall be stored out of reach of children.
(C) Play materials to be used in the program shall be arranged so that children may select, remove, and replace play materials with a minimum of assistance.
(D) Adequate and sufficient first-aid supplies shall be readily available at all times the program is in operation.
(E) One cot or mat shall be available for each child who remains more than five consecutive hours in the program.
(1) Each cot or mat, with individual bedding, shall be labeled in some manner as to who is assigned to use the cot and shall be for the exclusive use of each child between sanitation procedures.
(2) Cots, mats, and individual bedding shall be thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate germicidal detergent and regularly sanitized before assignment for use by another child.
(F) Cribs shall be provided in accordance with all of the following:
(1) Cribs shall meet the United States consumer product safety commission (CPSC) safety standards (June 2011, cpsc.gov);
(2) Infants shall be placed in their cribs for sleeping, and shall not be allowed to sleep in car seats, swings, mesh cribs, playpens, bassinets of any type, or other equipment. If a medical condition exists where a child needs to sleep in equipment other than a crib, written permission shall be obtained and updated every six months from a physician and be kept on file for review;
(3) A crib shall be assigned only to children less than thirty-five inches tall.Children over thirty-five inches tall shall be assigned to use a cot;
(4) Each infant shall be provided with a separate crib.
(a) There shall be one crib available which meets the requirements of this rule for each infant.
(b) Each crib shall be labeled with each infant's name who is assigned to use the crib and shall be for the exclusive use of said child between sanitation procedures. Cribs shall be thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate germicidal detergent and regularly sanitized before assignment for use by another child.
(5) Cribs shall be spaced apart from each other by a minimum of two feet on all sides.
(6) The space between the mattress and the side of the crib or the end panels of the crib shall not exceed one and one-half inches.
(7) Each mattress shall:
(a) Be securely covered with a waterproof material which is not dangerous to children.
(b) Have a clean bottom crib sheet and top sheet and/or blanket which is changed at least weekly or more often as necessary. The sheets and blankets shall be changed whenever another child uses the crib.
(G) Potty chairs in the program shall be provided in accordance with all of the following:
(1) Potty chairs shall not be located in areas used for food preparation or serving or in areas not normally used for diaper changing or toileting.
(2) Potties shall be emptied, cleaned, disinfected, and rinsed with water after each use. the rinsing solution shall be disposed of into a toilet, not a sink.
(3) Disposable cloths used for cleaning potties shall be used once and disposed of in a plastic-lined covered receptacle. Reusable cloths shall be stored in an appropriate germicidal solution and held for laundering for no longer than one day.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/10/2014 and 07/03/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07, 3301.53
Rule Amplifies: 3301.52 to 3301.59
Prior Effective Dates: 8/55/88, 5/28/04, 6/25/2009