(A) The provider shall be responsible for the child's safety while child care is being provided.
(B) No child shall ever be left unsupervised. Supervision means the provider has knowledge of a child's needs and accountability for his or her care at all times. Supervision includes awareness of and responsibility for the activity of each child and being near enough to intervene if needed.
(C) When inside the home, all children in care shall be within sight or hearing of the provider at all times.
(D) The provider shall not be under the influence of any substance that impairs the person's ability to supervise children and/or perform duties.
(E) There shall be immediate access at all times to a working land-line telephone on the premises which is capable of making outgoing calls and receiving incoming calls.
(F) The provider shall release a child only to the caretaker or to a person who has been previously approved by the caretaker.
(G) The provider shall immediately notify the county department of job and family services (CDJFS), and the public children services agency, when there are two separate agencies, when the provider suspects that a child has been abused or neglected.
(H) With mutual agreement of the caretaker and the provider, school children may be permitted off the premises for specific activities when the caretaker has given written permission. The written permission must be kept on file at the home.
(I) Outdoor play shall be supervised as follows.
(1) The provider shall remain outdoors with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at all times.
(2) School children may be permitted outdoors without the provider as long as the children remain within sight and hearing of the provider and are not engaged in higher risk activities such as but not limited to: swimming, activities with animals, or using equipment with motors or moving parts. The provider must always be able to intervene if needed.
(3) When the outdoor play space is not on the premises, the provider shall accompany and supervise children of any age in transit and at the outdoor play space.
(J) Water play or swimming in water two feet or more in depth shall be supervised as follows:
(1) The provider shall accompany and supervise children at water play and swimming sites, unless the caretaker has given written permission for a school child to participate in water activities away from the provider's home or the home of a child receiving in-home aide services. The provider shall actively supervise children and shall be able to clearly see all parts of the swimming area, including the bottom of the pool.
(2) Providers shall follow all requirements of rule 5101:2-14-37 of the Administrative Code.
(K) The provider shall not provide child care services for a minimum of six consecutive hours out of every twenty-four hour period, unless otherwise approved in writing by the CDJFS.
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, 5/20/83, 9/1/86, 2/15/88, 5/1/89, 10/1/97 (Emer.), 12/30/97, 4/1/03