Last Update: 7/13/17

Chapter 170-296A WAC

LICENSED FAMILY HOME CHILD CARE STANDARDS

WAC Sections

Authority.
Intent.
Definitions.
Special needs accommodations.
LICENSING PROCESS
License required.
Who must be licensed.
The licensee.
Child care subsidy.
Tribal or military regulated or operated child careCertification for payment.
Orientation required.
Preservice training.
Basic STARS training.
Background checks.
Noncriminal background checks for individuals thirteen to sixteen years of age.
Withdrawing an incomplete application.
FeesWhen due.
Private septic systemInspection and maintenance.
Department inspection.
Licensee declaration.
Initial license.
Nonexpiring full license.
Moves.
Change in circumstances.
Multiple licenses, certifications or authorizations.
Exception to rule.
Exception to ruleAlternate method of meeting a requirement.
STAFF QUALIFICATIONS
Licensee minimum age.
Licensee minimum education.
Minimum educationLicensees licensed prior to March 31, 2012.
Tuberculosis.
Ongoing training.
First aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
HIV/AIDS trainingBloodborne pathogens plan.
Primary staff person.
Primary staff person minimum age.
Basic STARS training.
Assistants and volunteersSupervision.
Assistants and volunteersMinimum age.
Licensee/staff qualifications and requirements table.
RECORDKEEPING, REPORTING AND POSTING
Child recordsConfidentiality.
Child recordsContents.
Licensee and staff records.
Required records for household members.
Child attendance recordsStaff to child ratio records.
Electronic attendance recordsRecords retention.
Facility records.
Materials that must be posted.
Reporting incidents to 911 (emergency services).
Reporting incidents to Washington poison center.
Reporting incidents to a child's parent or guardian and the department.
Other incident reporting to the department.
Reporting to DSHS children's administration intake.
Reporting notifiable condition to health department.
Policies.
Parent/guardian policies (handbook).
Program/operations policies.
Staff policies.
Off-site activity policy.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Building codes.
Requesting local fire department visit.
Combustible and flammable materials.
Furnaces and other heating devices.
Electrical motors.
Inspection of fireplaces, wood stoves, or similar wood-burning heating devices.
Open flame devices, candles, matches and lighters.
Emergency flashlight.
Portable heaters and generators.
Telephone.
Fire evacuation plan.
Disaster plan.
Fire, disaster training for staff and volunteers.
Emergency drills.
Record of emergency drills.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Additional method to sound an alarm.
Fire extinguishers.
Fire extinguisher, smoke/carbon monoxide detector use and testing.
Monthly fire inspection.
HEALTH
Health plan.
Contagious disease procedure.
Immunization tracking.
Accepting a child who does not have current immunizations.
ImmunizationsExemption.
Medication management.
Medication storage.
Medication permission.
Medication requirements.
Sedating a child prohibited.
Prescription medication.
Nonprescription medications.
Children taking their own medication.
Injuries requiring first aid only.
Injuries or illness requiring professional medical treatment.
Handwashing.
Hand sanitizers.
When handwashing is required.
Carpets.
Where children may sleep.
Mats, cots and other sleeping equipment.
Bedding.
Overnight sleeping.
Loft style and bunk beds.
Cleaning laundry.
Cleaning and sanitizing toys.
Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting table.
Pest control.
Drugs and alcohol.
No smoking.
First-aid kit.
Poisons, chemicals and other substances.
ENVIRONMENTS
Toys, equipment, and recalled items.
Indoor licensed spaceMinimum space.
Indoor temperature.
Fans, air conditioning or cross ventilation.
Window coverings.
Stairs.
ELECTRICAL AND LIGHTING
Electrical outlets, cords and power strips.
Area lighting.
Lighting safety.
EXITS
Exit doors.
Night latches, deadbolts and security chains.
Interior door and locks.
Emergency exit pathways.
Emergency exitsGeneral.
Emergency exit doors.
Emergency exit windows.
Emergency exits from areas used only for sleeping/napping areas.
Commercial use areasFire wall.
Bathrooms.
Bathroom floors.
Bathroom sinks.
Water temperature.
Guns and other weapons.
Storage for each child's belongings.
PETS AND OTHER ANIMALS
Pet and animal policy.
Pet/animal health and safety.
Pets or other animals interacting with children.
Pet wastes.
OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT
Licensed outdoor space.
Rails on platforms, decks, and stairs.
Play equipment.
Outdoor physical activities.
Bouncing equipment prohibited.
Playground equipmentGround coverFall zones.
Daily outdoor activity.
WATER SAFETY
Water activitySupervision.
Wading poolsDefinedSupervision.
Swimming pools definedBarriers and supervision.
Bodies of water or water hazards on the licensed premises.
Bodies of water outside and near licensed space.
SUPERVISION, CAPACITY AND RATIO
Infant-toddler only license (birth to two years old).
Two through five year old only license.
School age only license (over five years through twelve years).
Birth through twelve years license.
Staff-to-child ratio.
Capacity and ratio.
Capacity and ratio tableBirth through twelve year license.
LICENSEE RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervision.
Licensee absence.
Licensee notice of absences.
Licensee absenceRetraining for staff if standards are violated.
NURTURE AND GUIDANCE
Interactions with children.
Prohibited interactions.
Guidance and discipline.
Positive options for discipline.
Separating a child from the group.
Harmful or aggressive acts of children.
Prohibited actions.
Using alternate methods before using physical restraint.
Physical restraintProhibited uses or methods.
Physical restraintHolding method allowed.
Notice and documenting use of physical restraint.
Abuse and neglectProtection and training.
PROGRAM
Off-site activitiesParent or guardian permission.
Off-site activity supervision.
Off-site activityEmergency information and supplies.
Transportation.
Using public transportation.
Transporting childrenLimited periods.
Developmental activities.
Activities to promote child growth and development.
Toys and play materials.
Art materials.
Screen time.
Screen timeLimitations.
Limiting screen time for children under two.
Diversity.
Rest periods.
Overnight care.
INFANT CARE
Wheeled baby walkers prohibited.
Infant "tummy time" positioning.
Infant and toddler sleeping or napping equipment.
Cribs.
Infant bottles.
Breast milk.
Bottle feeding infants.
Feeding solid food to infants.
High chairs.
Diapering and toileting.
Diaper disposal.
Diaper changing.
Toilet training.
Potty chairs or modified toilet seats.
FOOD SERVICE AND NUTRITION
Food must meet USDA guidelines.
Parent or guardian-provided food.
Home canned foods.
Drinking water.
Serving milk.
Meal and snack schedule.
Serving foods.
Food handler permits.
Safe food handling.
Washing dishes.
Food containers and utensils.
Food preparation area.
ENFORCEMENT OF LICENSING STANDARDS
Facility licensing compliance agreements.
Nonreferral status.
Time period for correcting a violation.
Civil monetary penalties (fines).
When fines are levied.
FinesPayment period.
Notice of finePosting.
Failure to pay a fineDepartment action.
Denial, suspension, revocation, modification, or noncontinuation of a license.
ViolationsEnforcement action.
Notice of license denial, suspension, revocation, or modification.
Probationary license.
Probationary licenseCause.
Issuing a probationary license.
Refusing a FLCA or probationary license.
Providing unlicensed careNotice.
Unlicensed careFines and other penalties.
Hearing process.
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