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WAC 110-300-0220

Bathroom space and toilet training.

(1) An early learning provider must provide at least one indoor bathroom in the licensed space that has the following:
(a) One working flush toilet.
(i) Toilets must be an appropriate height and size for enrolled children. A platform may be used to accommodate the height and size of children. Platforms must be easily cleanable and resistant to moisture and slipping.
(ii) Center early learning programs licensed after this chapter becomes effective must have one working flush toilet for every fifteen children and staff. A child in diapers does not count for purposes of toilet calculations until the child begins toilet training.
(iii) Toilets for staff may be located outside of licensed space on the premises.
(b) One working sink and faucet.
(i) Sinks and faucets must be an appropriate height and size for children. A platform may be used to accommodate the height and size of children. Platforms must be easily cleanable and resistant to moisture and slipping.
(ii) A faucet used for handwashing must provide warm running water.
(iii) Sinks and faucets must be located inside the bathroom or immediately outside the bathroom.
(iv) Sinks and faucets for staff may be outside of licensed space on the early learning premises.
(v) Water controls on bathroom sinks must be accessible for the intended user.
(vi) Bathroom sinks must not be used as a drinking source or for food preparation.
(vii) Center early learning programs must have one working sink and faucet for every fifteen children and staff.
(c) A means of providing privacy for children who demonstrate the need for privacy while toileting;
(d) A toilet paper dispenser for each toilet that is appropriate for the height and size of children;
(e) An operable window or exhaust fan; and
(f) An easily cleanable floor.
(i) Floors must have a washable surface;
(ii) Be resistant to moisture; and
(iii) Cleaned and disinfected daily, or more often as needed.
(2) If an early learning program space is equipped with a bathtub or shower, the provider must:
(a) Only give a bath or shower to a child with consent from that child's parent or guardian;
(b) Only use the bath or shower:
(i) To clean a child after an accident, such as diarrhea or vomiting; or
(ii) During overnight care hours.
(c) Ensure the area around a bathtub or shower is resistant to slipping or equipped with a conveniently located grab bar; and
(d) Keep the bathtub or shower inaccessible to children when not in use by children (in center early learning programs only).
(3) An early learning provider must discuss toilet training procedures with that child's parent or guardian when a child is ready for training. A provider must facilitate the toilet training process by encouraging the child with:
(a) Positive reinforcement (which may not include food items);
(b) Culturally sensitive methods;
(c) Developmentally appropriate methods; and
(d) A toilet training routine developed in agreement with the parent or guardian.
(4) An early learning provider may use a modified toilet seat if it is cleaned and disinfected using a safe disinfectant at least daily or more often if soiled.
(5) Toilet training equipment must be cleaned in a sink not used for food preparation, handwashing, or clean up.
(a) A family home early learning program may use a bathtub or multipurpose sink to clean toilet training equipment unless it is used for food preparation.
(b) The sink, basin, or bathtub in a family home early learning program used to clean toilet training equipment must be cleaned and disinfected after each use with a safe disinfectant.
(6) If a child is developmentally ready, and an early learning provider uses a stand-up diapering procedure, it must be done in the bathroom or a diaper changing area.
[WSR 18-15-001, recodified as § 110-300-0220, filed 7/5/18, effective 7/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.201 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 18-14-079, § 170-300-0220, filed 6/30/18, effective 8/1/19.]
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