The provisions of this § 3270.4 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. An operator shall conspicuously post the menu at least 1 week in advance or provide a menu to each family. Staff persons shall have immediate access to a working telephone on the facility premises. (a) The staff-child ratios specified in § § 3270.51 and 3270.52 (relating to similar age level; and mixed age level) apply when infant, young or older toddler and preschool children are transported. Emergency contact information must reference who shall be contacted in an emergency. (f) At least 2 feet of space is required on three sides of a bed, cot, crib or other rest equipment while the equipment is in use. (4) Grain groupwhole grain and enriched products, such as breads, cereals, pastas, crackers and rice. This chapter is promulgated to facilitate the safe and healthful care of a child in a child day care center and to support families by providing care that promotes the emotional, cognitive, communicative, perceptual-motor, physical and social development of the child. (a) The facility shall have an emergency plan that provides for: (1) Shelter of children during an emergency including shelter in place at the facility and shelter at locations away from the facility premises. (a) A facility person providing direct care who comes into contact with the children or who works with food preparation shall have a health assessment conducted within 12 months prior to providing initial service in a child care setting and every 24 months thereafter. (f) In accordance with 67 Pa. Code Chapter 171 (relating to school buses and school vehicles), the facility may not transport a child in an 1115 passenger van. New and existing child care providers must follow the Department of Human Services' regulations for the operation of a child care center, group child care home or family child care â¦ (ii) Firesafety training. (4) The issuance of a provisional certificate of compliance. State agencies whose regulations may relate to the operation of a facility include the Department of Environmental Resources, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Health, the Department of Education and the Department of Transportation. This section cited in 55 Pa. Code § 3041.46 (relating to immunization); 55 Pa. Code § 3270.122 (relating to admission interview); and 55 Pa. Code § 3270.241 (relating to requirements specific to school-age programs). See § 3270.241(b)(13)(i) (relating to requirements specific to school-age programs). (4) A high school diploma or a general education development certificate and completion of a post-secondary training curriculum described in § 3270.31(c). Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. (2) A staff person shall administer a prescription medication only if written instructions are provided from the individual who prescribed the medicine. (3) The facility shall implement dismissal policies in accordance with the Department of Health regulation in 28 Pa. Code § 27.77 (relating to immunization requirements for children in child care group settings). (a) Transportation by the facility requires written parental consent, except for transportation of school-age children who are transported to or from a child care facility in vehicles owned or operated by the school district. School-age careSupervised child day care in a Departmentally certified facility during the hours when a child is not required to attend school. (j) Toys, bumper pads or pillows may not be present in a crib while an infant is sleeping in the crib. A training chair shall be emptied and sanitized after each use. (viii) Special notes related to problems of administration. (4) The childs arrival and departure times. St Elizabeths Day Care Center v. Department of Public Welfare, 963 A.2d 1274 (Pa. 2009). This guidance speaks to steps providers should take to keep child care spaces safe and properly monitor staff and children for potential exposure to and symptoms of COVID-19. Listed below are each of the regulations that pertain to the operation of a child care facility, a brief description of the regulation, and the hyperlink to the regulation: All family child care homes in Pennsylvania will soon be required to earn a Certificate of Compliance as a CERTIFIED, also called LICENSED, child care provider. To ensure accurate comprehension, providers should review the updated language and reference the complete child care regulations utilizing the links below. (4) A description of the incident, including the date, time and location of the incident and the equipment involved. If the parent indicates that the child has a special need, the operator shall discuss the condition with the parent, refer to § 3270.4 (relating to definitions), and comply with § § 3270.17, 3270.124 and 3270.131 (relating to service to a child with special needs; emergency contact information; and health information). (3) Other training topics may be submitted for the Departments review and approval. (f) The parent shall update in writing emergency contact information once in a 6-month period or as soon as there is a change in the information. Fireplaces, fireplace inserts or woodburning and coalburning stoves, if allowed by local ordinance, shall be securely screened or equipped with protective guards while in use. Centers are larger and care for more children than family child care providers. Worksheet 1, 2, and 3 help you monitor your own compliance related to critical staff and child records. GroupChildren assigned to the care of one or two staff persons. (c) A volunteer shall be supervised by a staff person who is qualified at minimum as an assistant group supervisor. A record shall include a copy of the following information: (1) The name, address and telephone number of the facility person. (e) A staff person shall check a childs diaper at least every 2 hours and whenever the child indicates discomfort or exhibits behavior that suggests a soiled diaper. (a) An operator shall notify local traffic safety authorities annually in writing of the location of the facility and the programs use of pedestrian and vehicular routes around the day care facility. Age levelThe grouping category appropriate for the childs age. (5) The persons designated by a parent to whom the child may be released as specified in § 3270.117 (relating to release of children). (c) No more than three persons may occupy the front seat of an automobile. OCDEL worked with the Pennsylvania Key, Better Kid Care, and several experienced family child care programs to produce this introductory video on what providers can expect during an inspection. If a facility meets the definition of both a private academic school under the authority of the Department of Education and a child day care center under the authority of the Department, the legal entity shall apply for approval to operate from both Departments. Child Care Regulations. The provisions of this § 3270.70 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. (3) A method for facility persons to contact parents as soon as reasonably possible when an emergency situation arises. (f) Toilets and training chairs may not be located in an area used for cooking or eating. (B) Coordinating activities with other assistant group supervisors. (c) Fire drills shall be held at different times of the day or night, or both, if applicable. (a) Facility persons records are confidential and shall be stored in a locked cabinet. Each first aid kit taken on an excursion must contain a bottle of water in addition to the items specified in subsection (c). The provisions of this § 3270.15 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. Before, during and after the admission process, an operator or facility person may not discriminate against serving a child who has an illness which is not transmitted by casual contact. (a) Natural or mechanical ventilation shall be provided in child care spaces. (4) Coordinating and planning daily activities with the group supervisors or with the assistant group supervisors in school-age program. An equivalent health report completed by a school is acceptable as documentation of child health for a school-age child. (ii) Educational assistance programs operated by school districts directly or by contract with an outside provider approved by PDE. (b) The operator shall permit an adult individual who provides specialized services to a child with special needs to provide those services on the facility premises as specified in the childs IEP, IFSP or written behavioral plan. 2469. At a minimum, one of the facility persons shall be a staff person. Communicable diseases are specified in 28 Pa. Code Chapter 27 (relating to communicable and noncommunicable diseases). § § 61016107). Develop a skilled workforce that meets the needs of Pennsylvaniaâ¦ The provisions of this § 3270.31 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. This document helps Certification Representatives prepare for your visit. (7) The name and address of the place where the treatment was received. (iii) Older toddlerA child from 2 to 3 years of age. (a) A facility lawfully operating as of September 22, 2008, has until September 22, 2010, to comply with the protective surface requirement described in § 3270.102(c) (relating to condition of play equipment). The provisions of this § 3270.131 amended under Articles IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § § 901922 and 10011087). (6) A parent shall provide written consent for administration. The operator shall arrange a cleaning schedule with the parent. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (204586) to (204587). (i) If a persons medical record demonstrates a positive tuberculin skin test, that record shall be placed on file at the facility. (6) The request for waiver may not jeopardize Federal or State funding. *Act 153 which takes effect December 31, 2014, requires an operator of a Group Child Care Home and a Family Child Care Home located in a residence to provide clearances for household members 18 years of age and older who reside in the home 30 or more calendar days per year. The parent shall receive the original agreement. Keystone State. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (330131) to (330133) and (204545) to (204546). (e) A child shall have a labeled toothbrush if brushing teeth is a program activity. The certificate of compliance will be issued by the Department to a legal entity prior to commencement of operation at a specified location. (iii) The number of children present in the space may not be more than twice the measured capacity of the space. Night careCare for a child between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The provisions of this § 3270.106 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. Do you need help finding quality child care and early learning programs in your area? 2437. (4) A method for facility persons to inform parents that the emergency has ended and to provide instruction as to how parents can safely be reunited with their children. (15) Adult records. The maximum group size requirements in § § 3270.51 and 3270.52 do not apply during transportation. (a) When children are diapered, the facility shall use disposable diapers, a diaper service or arrange with the parent to provide a daily diaper supply. A water play table or a container used for water play that contains unfiltered water shall be emptied daily. (c) Indoor child care space is measured within permanent stationary partitions or walls. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (302102). Introduction. When children are grouped in similar age levels, the following maximum child group sizes and ratios of staff persons apply: This section cited in 55 Pa. Code § 3270.52 (relating to mixed age level); 55 Pa. Code § 3270.53 (relating to children of an operator or a staff person); 55 Pa. Code § 3270.113 (relating to supervision of children); 55 Pa. Code § 3270.173 (relating to transportation ratios); and 55 Pa. Code § 3270.241 (relating to requirements specific to school-age programs). (3) An aboveground swimming pool which is not in use must be made inaccessible to children in accordance with the swimming pool barrier guidelines of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2) The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C.A. (c) A ramp shall be equipped with a handrail. 4. The inspection summary must remain posted until an agent of the Department verifies that each regulatory noncompliance item cited on the inspection summary has been corrected. (4) An associates degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 4 years of experience with children. (b) At least 50% of the staff persons in a facility shall be individuals qualified and functioning as directors, group supervisors and assistant group supervisors. Learn more about the Certification Inspection Instrument and Worksheets by watching this webinar. (e) Abrasive removal methods which include dry sanding, electrical sanding and sandblasting or open flame burning, or a removal process that permits the release of leaded particulate material into the environment are prohibited. Over the past two years, OCDEL has released these changes as policy updates to align with 2437. (c) Written notification of safe routes shall be posted by the operator at a conspicuous location in the child care facility. When children are grouped in mixed age levels, the age of the youngest child in the group determines the staff:child ratio and maximum group size in accordance with § 3270.51 (relating to similar age level). (a) A first-aid kit must be in a child care space. The provisions of this § 3270.75a adopted December 9, 2005, effective December 10, 2005, 35 Pa.B. (d) Requirements relating to programs serving only school-age children are in § 3270.241 (relating to requirements specific to school-age programs). The notification shall be retained in the facility persons file. The provisions of this § 3270.176 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. Home Care Agencies Regulations. The provisions of this § 3270.151a adopted February 3, 2012, effective immediately, 42 Pa.B. As applied to facilities subject to approval under Article IX of the act, the term also includes a stepbrother, stepsister or first cousin. (c) Manufacturers instructions for use of safety restraints shall be kept in the vehicle at all times. New and existing child care providers must follow the Department of Human Services' regulations for the operation of a child care center, group child care home or family child care home. The applicable laws as identified on the certificate of compliance application are: (1) The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. § § 951962.2). Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (228699) to (228700). The requirement for playground protective surface covering in § 3270.102(c) (relating to condition of play equipment) means that the protective surfacing material must be safe and shock absorbing for a fall from the highest designated play surface on a piece of equipment as specified in the United States Consumer Public Safety Commissions Public Playground Safety Handbook, Publication 325. The classroom training portion of the curriculum shall be completed. The notification shall be retained in the childs file. An individual record is required for each facility person. 2437. (2) New foods shall be introduced only after consultation with the childs parent. Sections 3270.101, 3270.102(a)(c) and (g), 3270.104, 3270.107 and 3270.108. (8) A facility person who is counted in the staff:child swimming ratio shall annually complete water safety instruction. (1) If nondisposable diapers are provided by a parent, a soiled diaper shall be placed in an individual, securely-tied plastic bag and returned to the parent at the end of the day. The provisions of this § 3270.133 amended under Articles IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § § 901922 and 10011087). The operator shall establish oral or written communication in the language or mode of communication which is understandable to the parent. (4) An indoor swimming pool which is not in use must be made inaccessible to children. (b) At least two facility persons shall be present when children are on an excursion away from the facility. The provisions of this § 3270.52 amended under Articles IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § § 901922 and 10011087). The term includes: (i) Collection, treatment, storage and distribution facilities under the control of the operator of the system and used in connection with the system. Potentially hazardous foodA food that consists in whole or in part of milk or milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish or other ingredients capable of supporting rapid and progressive growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms. (c) A parent is required to review and update the emergency contact information and the financial agreement at least once in a 6-month period or as soon as there is a change in the information. (iv) A responsible designee shall be appointed by a director as described at § 3270.34. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (312152). Licensing Regulations. Toxics shall be stored away from food, food preparation areas and child care spaces. (i) Physical site requirements do not apply for a school-age program located in a school building that is under section 776.1 of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § 7-776.1); specifically, a program operated for school-age children in a public or private school building, a building used by an intermediate unit, or an area vocational-technical school building which meets the physical site requirements acceptable to the Department of Education. When file material is released, the person who authorized the release shall record the following information in the childs file: (1) The name and position of the individual to whom the information was released. (a) The parent shall have access to the childs complete child day care record. The equipment must be anchored firmly and be in good repair. (a) A legal entity shall obtain a valid certificate of compliance to operate at a specific location. 2437. State/Territory: Pennsylvania. 2437. (ii) Collection or pretreatment storage facilities not under control of the operator which are used in connection with the system. The provisions of this § 3270.151 amended under Articles IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § § 901922 and 10011087). (b) The operator shall inform parents of enrolled children when there is a suspected outbreak of a communicable disease or an outbreak of an unusual illness that represents a public health emergency in the opinion of the Department of Health. (b) Questions relating to the requirements of the CPSL shall be directed to the appropriate regional child day care office. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (204567) to (204568). Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (302106) to (302107). (vii) The initials of the staff person who administered the medication. The following is a summary of the regulations â¦ 1579; reserved May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. New Certification Inspection Instrument and Worksheets for Renewal Visits. (a) If a child receives care for 4 or more consecutive hours, nutritional, appropriately-timed meals and snacks shall be served. Minimum number of facility persons in the child care facility. A current copy of the insurance policy shall be on file at the facility. (3) The curriculum includes a minimum total of 600 clock hours, distributed as follows: (i) A minimum of 400 clock hours of classroom training. Children of an operator or a staff person. (17) Telephone. 4213; amended September 1, 2000, effective June 1, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 2437. (h) Soiled bedding shall be cleaned before it is reused. The provisions of this § 3270.75 amended under Articles IX and X of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § § 901922 and 10011087). (c) Food may not be withheld from a child for purposes of discipline. Staff persons and volunteers shall receive training in maintenance of smoke detectors, the duties of facility persons during a fire drill and during a fire and the use of the facilitys fire extinguishers, not including discharge of the fire suppressant agent. (e) A waiver previously granted for staff person qualifications remains in effect for the staff person at the location specified. (5) Medication shall be stored in accordance with the manufacturers or health professionals instructions on the original label. Hot water pipes and other sources of heat. 3553; reserved May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. The operator shall make reasonable accommodation in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws to facilitate administration of medication or a special diet that is prescribed by a physician, physicians assistant or CRNP as treatment related to the childs special needs. 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