Florida Day Care Centers – What Rules Apply to Discipline and Corporal Punishment?

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Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required to comply with certain rules and regulations regarding discipline and corporal punishment of the children under the care of the center.

The child care facility must have verification that the facility has provided, in writing, the disciplinary practices used by the facility on the center’s enrollment form, with the signature of the custodial parent or legal guardian. All staff and other child care personnel employed at the children care facility must comply with the facility’s written disciplinary practices. The disciplinary policies must included standards that prohibit children from being subjected to discipline which is severe, humiliating, frightening, or associated with food, rest or toileting. Spanking or any other form physical punishment is prohibited by all staff and child care personnel.

Rule 65C-22.001 incorporates Section 402.305(12), Florida Statutes (2011) – Licensing standards; child care facilities. The following are the minimum statutory standards for child discipline practices, which must ensure age-appropriate constructive disciplinary practices are used for children care:
1. Child must not be subjected to discipline which is severe, humiliating, or frightening.
2. Discipline cannot be associated with food, rest or toileting.
3. Spanking or any other form of physical punishment is prohibited.

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