(A) The home shall have at least thirty-five square feet of usable indoor floor space per child for the total number of children who are present at one time.
(1) Usable indoor floor space shall not include bathrooms, hallways, storage rooms, or other areas not available or not used for child care.
(2) Placement of furniture, equipment and household items shall ensure child safety and mobility. Adequate un-interrupted play space shall be provided to ensure age appropriate play and developmental activities.
(B) The provider shall designate an area where children can individually store their personal belongings. This area shall not block walkways or evacuation routes.
(C) The home shall have onsite or safely accessible, a safe, sanitary outdoor play space free of hazardous conditions which:
(1) Provides at least sixty square feet of usable space per child using the area at one time.
(2) Is located away from traffic or protected from traffic by a fence in good repair with functioning gates or a natural barrier. The natural barrier shall assure that children are not able to leave the outdoor play area unsupervised and shall assure that any hazards from the outside cannot enter the outdoor play area without the provider being aware of them.
(3) Is protected from animals.
(4) Provides access to bathroom facilities and drinking water during play times.
(5) Provides for storage of accumulated trash, rubbish and garbage outside of the play area.
(6) Is maintained free of foreign objects and rubbish during times children are outside playing.
(7) Provides a shaded area. The shade may be naturally occurring from trees, building, or overhangs. Providers may also install lawn umbrellas that are securely anchored or other facilities that provide shade in a safe manner. Shade must be accessible for at least fifty per cent of the children playing outside at any one time.
(D) If an onsite play area is not available, a provider may use an off-site play area for daily use if it is determined, upon inspection by the provider and the county department of job and family services (CDJFS), that the area and its accessibility is safe. An off-site play area approved for regular use shall meet the same requirements as the onsite play areas listed in this rule.
(E) Outdoor equipment, whether stationary or portable, shall be safe and designed to meet the developmental needs of all of the age groups of children using the space.
(1) Equipment such as, but not limited to, climbing gyms, swings, slides shall:
(a) Be placed out of the path of the area's main traffic pattern.
(b) Be anchored or stable and have all parts in good working order and securely fastened.
(c) Have all climbing ropes anchored at both ends and not capable of looping back on themselves creating a loop with an interior perimeter of five inches or greater.
(d) Have all "S" hooks closed so that there is no gap greater than .04 inch or the thickness of a dime.
(e) Be free of rust, cracks, holes, splinters, sharp points or edges, chipped or peeling paint, lead hazards, protruding bolts, or tripping hazards.
(f) Have no openings that are greater than three and one half inches, but less than nine inches.
(g) Have protective barriers on platforms that are thirty inches high or over.
(h) Be assembled, installed, and utilized according to manufacturers' guidelines.
(F) Outdoor play equipment designated for climbing, swings, teeter-totters and slides shall have a fall zone of protective resilient material on the ground under and around the equipment.
(1) The material may be one of the following, but not limited to, washed pea gravel, mulch, sand, wood chips, or synthetic material such as rubber mats or tiles manufactured for this purpose.
(2) Equipment shall not be placed over concrete, asphalt, blacktop, dirt, rocks, or any other hard surface.
(3) Synthetic surfaces shall follow manufacturer's guidelines for depth.
(G) The home shall not use outdoor porches above the first floor as play areas, unless the porches are fully enclosed and structurally sound.
(H) Sandboxes shall be covered with a lid or other covering when they are not in use.
(I) Bodies of water, other than water tables designed for children to play only with their hands in, shall be separated from the play area by a fence or other physical barrier (the house door is not a sufficient barrier) that prevents children from accessing the water. Wading pools shall only be accessible to children in accordance with rule 5101:2-14-23 of the Administrative Code.
Replaces: 5101:2-14-08, 5101:2-14-17
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.018
Rule Amplifies: 5104.018
Prior Effective Dates: 10/1/83, 9/1/86, 2/15/88, 5/1/89, 10/15/96, 10/1/97 (Emer.), 12/30/97, 4/1/03, 8/14/08.