5101:2-13-19 Sleeping, napping, resting and overnight care requirements for type A homes.

(A) The type A home shall provide a quiet space for children who want to rest, nap or sleep. Naptime shall be in accordance with the developmental needs of the child.

(1) 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, couch or bed. Each toddler and preschool child, who attends the type A home for more than five hours on a given day or who participates in a nap time program, shall be provided with a cot, couch or bed, except that siblings of the same sex may be assigned to the same bed.

(2) School children, who rest, nap, or sleep may be provided with a clean, washable pad, mat, or comfortable furniture instead of a cot, couch or bed. The pad, mat or furniture shall be of a length and width that is appropriate for the child. When children rest, nap, or sleep on mats or pads, floors shall be clean, warm, dry and draft free.

(3) A type A home 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 for naps.

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

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

(6) Cots, pads or mats shall be assigned individually to each child, and shall be disinfected with an appropriate germicide before assignment to another child. Each couch and bed used for children in care shall have clean bed linen which is changed at least weekly. Bed linen shall be laundered before another child uses the couch or bed.

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

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 05/23/2013 and 05/01/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011
Prior Effective Dates: 9/5/86, 7/1/03, 9/1/05