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Health & Safety Checklist of Home for Registration

SAMPLE  Family Child Care Health & Safety Checksheet  SAMPLE    
This form is not a perfect replica of CCD document 402, but it does cover all the items in the home health & safety review. You may use this checksheet to prepare for the review.    
In Compliance   Not In Compliance   Requirement      
        Health      
        The home is a healthy environment for children:      
        ► No smoking or smokeless tobacco in home during child care hours; no smoking/smokeless tobacco in vehicles with child care children      
        ► No one can comsume or be under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs in presence of children.      
        ► At least one flush toilet and one hand-washing sink with steps or blocks available to ensure children's use without assistance.      
        ► Room temperature at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit.      
        ► Rooms occupied by childen have a combination of natural and artificial lighting      
        ► Floors free of splinters, large unsealed cracks, sliding rugs and other hazards.      
        Basic first aid kit available for use and kept out of reach of children.      
        Infants put to sleep on their backs      
        Except for mild cold symptoms, sick children not in care.      
        If a child becomes ill in care, provider separates child from other children, to the extent possibe and contacts parents to remove child as soon as possible.      
        Parents notified if their child is exposed to communicable disease.      
        Prescription & non-prescription medication given only if the provider has written authorization from the parent.      
        Prescription & non-prescription medication properly labeled and stored.      
        ► Non-prescription medications and topical substances labeled with the child's name.      
        ►Prescription medications in the origional container(s) and labeled with child's name, name of drug, dosage, directions for administering and physician's name.      
        ► Medications requiring refrigeration kept in a separate, covered container marked "medication", in the refrigerator.      
        Parents informed daily of medications given or injuries to their child.      
        Provider provides or ensures the availability of meals and snacks appropriate to the ages and needs of the children served.      
        ► Meals and snacks based on USDA guidelines.      
        ► Foods stored and maintained at proper temperature.      
        ► Foods prepared and served according to the minimum standards for food handler certification.      
        ► Infants held or fed sitting up for bottle feeding. No propping of bottles.      
        Any animal in the home in good health and friendly companion for children in care.      
        ► Potentially aggressive animals not in the same physical space as the children.      
        ► Dogs and cats vaccinated according to a licensed veterinarian recommendations. a    
        Animal litter boxes located in areas not accessible to children.      
        Caregivers physically present when children interact with animals.      
       
In Compliance   Not In Compliance   Requirements      
        Safety      
        Children protected from fire and safety hazards:      
        ► If preschool or younger children in care, hard-to-remove protective caps on all exposed electrical outlets in rooms used by children.      
        ► If preschool or younger children in care, barriers protect children from fireplaces, space heaters, wood stoves, stairways and other hazards. Gates and enclosures should have the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Assn (JPMA) certification seal.      
        ► Working smoke detector on each floor and in napping areas.      
        ► Working fire extinguisher with a rating of at least 2-A:10BC.      
        ► Firearms and ammunition under lock. Ammunition stored separately. Firearms unloaded.      
        ► Cleaning supplies, paints, matches, cigarette lighters and plastic bags kept under child-proof lock.      
        ► Other potentially dangerous items such as knives, medicine, drugs and poisonous and toxic materials kept under child-proof lock.      
        ► If preshool or younger children in care, poisonous plants kept out of reach of children.      
        ► All clear glass panels in doors clearly marked at child level.      
        Access to two usable exits to the outdoors on all floor levels used by children. NOTE: Review definition of "usable exit".      
        ► If Basement used for child care, two exits may be one of the following:      
              - sliding glass door to the ourdoors and a window      
              - swinging door to the outdoors and a window; or      
              - window and an internal stariway to ground level which has   unobstructed and direct access to the outdoors.      
        ► If a window is used as a usable exit:      
              - steps under the window to allow children to exit without assistance; and      
              - window kept in good working condition      
        If a window used as an exit has a window well, mechanism in place to allow children to exit the window well.      
        Provider has written plan for evacuating children in an emergency. Plan posted in home, familiar to children and caregivers and practiced at least every other month.      
        A telephone in working condition must be in the home.      
        ► Parents given the telephone number.      
        ► Emergency telephone numbers for fire, ambulance, police and poison control posted near the telephone.      
        Building, grounds, water supply and toys, equipment and furniture used by children maintained in a hazard-free condition.      
        ► Broken toys, furniture and equipment removed from areas accessible to children.      
        ► Exterior and interior of the home maintained in good repair.      
        ► Painted surfaces in good condition, both inside and out, to avoid exposure to lead paint chips.      
        If transporting children, caregiver must have a valid driver's license and proof of appropriate insurance.      
        The number of children transported must not exceed the number of seat belts or child safety systems available in the vehicle.      
       
In Compliance   Not In Compliance   Requirements      
        Sanitation      
        All caregivers must wash their hands with soap and warm, running water:      
        ► after changing a diaper,      
        ► before feeding a child or handling food; and      
        ► after assisting a child with toileting or nose wiping.      
        All caregivers and children must wash their hands with soap and warn, running water:      
        ► after using the toilet,      
        ► before and after eating,      
        ► after nose wiping,      
        ► after playing outside; and      
        ► after playing with animals or handling pet toys.      
        All toys, equipment and furniture used by children cleaned and sanitized regularly and whenever soiled.      
        The building and grounds maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.      
        All garbage solid waste and refuse disposed of regularly, in a safe and sanitary manner.      
        Home's water supply safe to drink.      
        Wading pools are prohibited.      
Review with Provider          
    Only one provider per household.      
    Maximum number of chilren under the age of 13 years allowed in care at one time is 10. Includes provider's own children and any other children for whom the provider is responsible.      
    Of the 10 children, only 6 may be preschool age or younger. Of the 6, only 2 may be under the age of 24 months. Enrollment in Criminal History Resistry required of applicant, other residents of the home and substitue    
    Enrollment in the Criminal History Registry required of applicant, other residents of the home, and subtitute caregivers prior to living in or regularly visiting the home, or substituting for or assisting the provider. Residents of the home under age 18 must be enrolled by their 18th birthday.      
    Substitute caregiver must be familiar with requirements and comply with rules. Provider/sub    
    Provider/substitute must be within sight and/or sound of children at all times, must be aware of what each child is doing at all times, and must be physically present when preschool-age children are playing outside unless area is fully fenced and hazard-free.      
    Provider must be primary caregiver.      
    Provider must not use or permit another person to use corporal punishment.      
    Provder shall have no other employment during child care hours.      
    Daily attendance records must be kept, including arrival and departure times for each child.      
    Provider and any other caregivers are mandatory child abuse reporters and must report suspected abuse or neglect. This requirement applies 24 hours per day.      
           



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