Florida Day Care / Child Care Standards – What are Facility or Physical Environment Requirements?

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Florida Day Care / Child Care facilities must be clean, free from health and safety hazards and from vermin infestation. Under Rule 65C-22.002 Physical Environment of the Florida Administrative Code, a Day Care / Child Care facility provides that no part of the Day Care / Child Care building shall be used for any activity that endangers the health or safety of the children. This means that the Day Care / Child Care facility must keep the facility clean, keep dangerous machines / equipment away or out of the access of children, keep chemicals including but not limited to cleaning supplies, flammable products, poisonous products, and toxic products away from children, keep fire arms, knives, sharp objects, and other dangerous products away from children, and keep alcohol and drugs out of the reach of children. Smoking is prohibited in inside and outside the Day Care / Child Care facility as well as the vehicles used to transport children.

The failure of a Day Care / Child Care facility to follow the Florida Administrative Code and other laws and regulations often times leads to injury or harm to the child. Typically common sense, hard work, and attention to detail can avoid injuries to children in the Day Care / Child Care setting.