(A) A home 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 provided during these hours shall comply with all applicable rules of Chapter 5101:2-14 of the Administrative Code.
(B) Evening and overnight care shall ensure that children are safe and the home is secure.
(1) The provider shall remain awake until all children are asleep. When children sleep in the evening or overnight the provider shall have a monitoring device that ensures sight or hearing at all times.
(2) Children under the age of five shall sleep on the same floor as the provider.
(3) The home shall provide adequate lighting indoors in all areas, including bathrooms, hallways, and sleeping rooms to ensure that children can be seen by the provider.
(4) The provider shall ensure areas where children sleep during evening and overnight care are areas that have been approved for sleeping by the CDJFS representative.
(5) Bedtime routines shall be developed in consultation with the caretaker of the children.
(6) The provider 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.
(7) Each child in care during evening and overnight hours shall be provided with an individual crib, cot, mattress, couch, or bed and blankets, and the provider shall ensure that no child sleeps on the floor. An air mattress designed for overnight sleeping may be used. All manufacturer's warnings must be followed. Air mattresses designed for use as flotation devices shall not be used for napping or sleeping.
(8) Each child who sleeps at the home for four or more hours shall have clean, comfortable sleeping garments.
(9) Individual storage spaces for personal belongings and clothing shall be provided.
(10) If caretakers are scheduled to arrive or depart after daylight hours, the provider shall assure that outdoor walkways and entrances to be used are adequately lighted for safety and security.
(C) The home 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) The provider shall assist children during washing and changing clothes according to children's developmental needs.
(3) Bed linens shall be changed at least weekly, when soiled, or when assigned to a different child.
(4) Each child shall be provided with a clean, individual washcloth, towel, and toothbrush labeled with the child's name and stored in a sanitary manner.
(5) Children shall have access to running water, soap and toothpaste.
(6) If bathing facilities are used at the home, bath tubs and showers shall be cleaned and sanitized after each use and shall be equipped to prevent slipping. All children shall bathe separately.
(D) The home shall provide a quiet space for children who want to rest or nap. Rest or nap time shall be in accordance with the developmental needs of the child.
(1) No child shall be permitted to rest or nap on the floor. The provider shall have an individual space in the form of a bed, cot, sofa, pad or mat for each child for resting or napping purposes.
(2) When children rest or nap on mats or pads, floors shall be carpeted, clean, warm, dry and draft free. Mats or pads shall be at least one and one half inches thick.
(3) Rest or nap areas shall be lighted to allow for visual supervision of children at all times.
(4) Any child who does not fall asleep during a designated nap time shall have the opportunity to engage in quiet activities.
(5) Beds, couches, cots, pads or mats shall be assigned individually to each child, and shall be sanitized 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.
(6) Evacuation routes shall not be blocked by resting or napping children. Each child shall have a free and direct means of escape, and the provider shall have a clear path to each resting child.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2007 and 03/31/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/82, 9/1/86, 5/1/89, 10/1/97, 4/1/03