5101:2-12-23 Evening and overnight care for licensed child care centers.

(A) A child care center is considered to be providing evening and overnight care when children are in attendance any time between the hours of seven p.m. and six a.m. Care being provided during these hours shall comply with all applicable rules of Chapter 5101:2-12 of the Administrative Code and the additional stipulations of this rule.

(B) Evening and overnight care must ensure that children are safe and the center is secure.

(1) Child care staff members shall remain awake at all times, and shall supervise sleeping children.

(2) The center shall provide adequate lighting indoors in all areas, including bathrooms, hallways, and sleeping rooms to ensure that child care staff members are able to see all children at all times.

(3) Persons on the premises during evening and overnight care hours shall be limited to persons authorized by the administrator or owner and parents and guardians of children in care.

(4) Parking areas, outdoor walkways, and all building entrances shall be adequately lighted for safety and security.

(5) The center shall provide a written security plan that ensures that access to the center is limited to parents and guardians of children in care and authorized persons. The center shall ensure that children are supervised at all times during limited access hours. The plan shall ensure the supervision of the children.

(C) The center shall provide a safe evening and overnight care program and schedule.

(1) The center shall provide sleeping arrangements so that sleeping children are cared for separately from children who are awake, and so that sleeping children are not disturbed by arrivals and departures.

(2) The center shall ensure areas where children sleep during evening and overnight care are on the building's ground floor unless another floor has been approved for the care of sleeping children by the local fire official having jurisdiction.

(3) Bedtime routines shall be developed in consultation with parents or guardians.

(4) The center shall have a program of activities before bedtime, which allows for children's individual choices and needs. Activities may include meals, play, homework, relaxation, personal grooming, and outdoor play during daylight hours.

(5) Each child in care during evening and overnight hours shall be provided with an individual blanket and a crib or a cot, as required in rule 5101:2-12-19 or 5101:2-12-42 of the Administrative Code.

(6) Each child who sleeps at the center for four or more hours shall have clean comfortable sleeping garments.

(7) Individual storage spaces for personal belongings and clothing shall be provided.

(D) The center shall provide a sanitary environment, and shall provide for these additional hygiene stipulations during evening and overnight care:

(1) School age boys and girls shall be separated during washing and while changing clothes to ensure privacy.

(2) Child care staff members shall assist children during washing and changing clothes according to children's developmental needs.

(3) Bed linens shall be changed at least weekly, or when soiled or assigned to a different child.

(4) Each child shall be provided by the center with a clean, individual washcloth, towel, and toothbrush if the parent does not provide these items. Anything to be re-used shall be labeled for each child and stored in a sanitary manner such that items do not touch and do not promote bacterial growth.

(5) Children shall have access to running water, liquid soap, and toothpaste.

(6) If bathing facilities are used at the center, bath tubs and showers shall be cleaned and disinfected after each use, and shall be equipped to prevent slipping. All children shall bathe separately.

Effective: 12/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/09/2011 and 09/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/03, 1/1/07