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Definitions.

The following definitions apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Certain definitions appear in the section the term is used if the definition applies only to a specific section or sections:
"Accessible to children" means areas of the facility and materials that the children can easily get to on their own.
"Agency" as used in this chapter, has the same meaning as in RCW 43.215.010 (1)(c).
"Applicant" is the individual or entity that seeks a license to provide early learning services under this chapter.
"Available" means accessible and ready for use or service.
"Bathroom" means any room containing a built-in flush-type toilet.
"Capacity" means the maximum number of children the licensee is authorized by the department to have in care at any given time.
"Child" means a child not less than five years of age through twelve years of age who is attending kindergarten or school.
"Child abuse or neglect" has the same meaning as "abuse or neglect" under RCW 26.44.020 and chapter 388-15 WAC.
"Child care" means the developmentally appropriate care, protection, and supervision of children that is designed to promote positive growth and educational experiences for children outside the child's home for periods of less than twenty-four hours a day.
"Clean" or "cleaning" means to remove dirt and debris (such as soil, food, blood, urine, or feces) by scrubbing and washing with a soap or detergent solution and rinsing with water. Cleaning is the first step in the process of sanitizing or disinfecting a surface or item.
"Confidential" means the protection of personal information, such as the child's records, from persons who are not authorized to see or hear it.
"Denial of a license" means department action to not issue a child care license to an applicant for an initial license, or to a licensee operating under an initial license seeking a nonexpiring full license, based on the applicant's or initial licensee's inability or failure to meet the requirements of chapter 43.215 RCW or requirements adopted by the department pursuant to chapter 43.215 RCW.
"Department" or "DEL" means the Washington state department of early learning.
"Developmentally appropriate" means curriculum, materials or activities provided at a level that is consistent with the abilities or learning skills of the child.
"Discipline" means a method used to redirect a child in order to achieve a desired behavior.
"Disinfect" or "disinfecting" means to eliminate virtually all germs on a surface by the process of cleaning and rinsing, followed by:
(a) A chlorine bleach and water solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one quart of cool water, allowed to stand wet for at least two minutes; or
(b) Other disinfectant product if used strictly according to the manufacturer's label instructions including, but not limited to, quantity used, time the product must be left in place, adequate time to allow the product to dry or rinsing if applicable, and appropriateness for use on the surface to be disinfected. Any disinfectant used on food contact surfaces or toys must be labeled safe for food contact surfaces.
"DOH" means the Washington state department of health.
"DSHS" means the Washington state department of social and health services.
"Enforcement action" means a department issued:
(a) Denial, suspension, revocation or modification of a license;
(b) Probationary license;
(c) Civil monetary penalty (fine); or
(d) Disqualification from having unsupervised access to children in care.
"Fine" has the same meaning as "civil monetary penalty," "civil fines," or "monetary penalty" under chapter 43.215 RCW.
"Inaccessible to children" means an effective method or barrier that reasonably prevents a child's ability to reach, enter, or use items or areas.
"Licensed space" means the indoor and outdoor space on the premises approved by the department for the purpose of providing licensed child care.
"Licensee" for the purposes of this chapter, means the individual listed on a school age child care license issued by the department of early learning authorizing that individual to provide child care under the requirements of this chapter and chapter 43.215 RCW.
"Licensor" means an individual employed by the department and designated by the director to inspect and monitor an agency or other child care facility for compliance with the requirements of this chapter and chapter 43.215 RCW.
"MERIT" means the managed education registry information tool used to track professional development for early learning professionals. See also "STARS."
"Modification of a license" means department action to change the conditions identified on a current license.
"Nonexpiring full license" or "nonexpiring license" means a full license with no expiration date that is issued to a licensee following the initial licensing period as provided in WAC 170-297-1430.
"Nonprescription medication" means any of the following:
(a) Nonaspirin fever reducers or pain relievers;
(b) Nonnarcotic cough suppressants;
(c) Cold or flu medications;
(d) Antihistamines or decongestants;
(e) Vitamins;
(f) Ointments or lotions specially intended to relieve itching;
(g) Diaper ointments and talc free powders specially used in the diaper area of children;
(h) Sun screen;
(i) Hand sanitizer gels; or
(j) Hand wipes with alcohol.
"Personal needs" means an individual's hygiene, toileting, medication, cleansing, eating or clothing needs. Personal needs does not mean smoking or use of tobacco products, illegal drug use or misuse of prescription drugs, conducting business or related activities, sleeping or napping, screen time, or leaving children in care unattended.
"Physical facility environment" means all of the physical structures maintained within or attached to the structural building and premises.
"Physical restraint" means the practice of rendering a child helpless or keeping a child in captivity.
"Poison" for the purposes of this chapter includes, but is not limited to, substances, chemicals, chemical compounds (other than naturally occurring compounds such as water or salt), or similar items, that even in small quantities are likely to cause injury or illness if they are swallowed or come into contact with a child's skin, eyes, mouth, or mucus membranes.
"Premises" means the licensed or unlicensed space at the licensed address including, but not limited to, buildings, land and residences.
"RCW" means Revised Code of Washington.
"Revocation" or "revoke" means the formal department action to close a child care business and take the license due to the licensee's failure to comply with chapter 43.215 RCW or requirements adopted pursuant to chapter 43.215 RCW.
"Sanitize" means to reduce the number of microorganisms on a surface by the process of:
(a) Cleaning and rinsing, followed by using:
(i) A chlorine bleach and water solution of three-quarters teaspoon of chlorine bleach to one quart of cool water, allowed to stand wet for at least two minutes; or
(ii) Another sanitizer product if used strictly according to manufacturer's label instructions including, but not limited to, quantity used, time the product must be left in place, and adequate time to allow the product to dry, and appropriateness for use on the surface to be sanitized. If used on food contact surfaces or toys, a sanitizer product must be labeled as safe for food contact surfaces; or
(b) For laundry and dishwasher use only, "sanitize" means use of a bleach and water solution or temperature control of a minimum 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
"Screen time" means watching, using or playing television, computers, video games, video or DVD players, mobile communication devices, and similar devices.
"Staff" means a person or persons employed by the licensee to provide child care and to supervise children served at the center.
"STARS" means the state training and registry system.
"Suspension of a license" means a formal department action to immediately stop a license pending a department decision regarding further enforcement action.
"Unlicensed space" means the indoor and outdoor areas of the premises not approved as licensed space by DEL that the licensee must make inaccessible to the children during child care hours.
"Unsupervised access" has the same meaning as unsupervised access in WAC 170-06-0020.
"WAC" means the Washington Administrative Code.
"Weapons" means an instrument or device of any kind that is used or designed to be used to inflict harm including, but not limited to, rifles, handguns, shotguns, antique firearms, knives, swords, bows and arrows, BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles, electronic or other stun devices, or fighting implements.
[WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-305-0010, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, chapter 43.215 RCW, 2016 c 231, and Governor Inslee's Directive 16-06. WSR 17-22-053, § 170-297-0010, filed 10/25/17, effective 11/25/17. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 12-23-057, § 170-297-0010, filed 11/19/12, effective 12/20/12.]
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