5101:2-12-19 Requirements for children who rest, nap or sleep and use of cots in licensed child care centers.

(A) The child care center shall provide a quiet space for children who want to rest, nap or sleep. If a nap time is provided, it shall be in accordance with the developmental needs of the child.

(B) No child shall be permitted to rest, nap or sleep on the floor. No toddler or preschool child shall sleep on anything other than a cot, as defined in rule 5101:2-12-01 of the Administrative Code.

(1) The center shall have on the premises firm and sanitary cots for the total number of toddlers and preschool children that the center is licensed to serve.

(2) Each toddler and preschool child who attends the center for more than five hours on a given day or who participates in a nap time program shall be provided with a cot.

(C) A center that operates more than five hours but less than seven hours on a given day and does not intend for the program to include a nap or rest period, shall not be required to provide cots.

(D) School children who rest, nap or sleep may be provided with a clean, washable pad, mat or comfortable furniture instead of a cot. When children rest, nap or sleep on mats or pads, floors shall be clean, warm, dry and draft free.

(E) Rest areas shall be lighted enough to allow visual supervision of all children at all times.

(F) Any child who does not fall asleep after an appropriate length of time during the designated nap time shall have the opportunity to engage in quiet activities.

(G) Cots, pads, mats or furniture shall be assigned individually to each child and shall be disinfected with an appropriate germicide before assignment to another child.

(H) Evacuation routes shall not be blocked by resting children. Each child shall have a free and clear means of egress. Child care staff members shall have a clear path to each resting child.

(I) If the use of a cot is hazardous to a child, the center shall have an alternative plan in writing, including the written permission of the parent or guardian, for the child's nap time. The written plan and permission shall be on file for review by the Ohio department of job and family services.

Effective: 11/22/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 06/23/2015 and 11/22/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.015
Rule Amplifies: 5104.015
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/81, 6/1/84, 1/2/92 (Emer.), 4/1/92, 4/1/03, 9/1/05, 7/1/10