Florida Day Care Centers – What Rules / Laws Apply to Direct Supervision of Children and Activities?


Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required to provide and maintain outdoor equipment including playground equipment in good repair and safe condition. Staff members at child care centers are also required to obey certain rules and regulations concerning their behaviors and the care they provide to children under care at the facility. For example, staff employees must provide direct supervision. “Direct supervision” means watching and directing children’s activities within the same room or designated outdoor play area, responding to each child’s needs. Staff members at a child care facility must be assigned to provide direct supervision to a specific group of children at all times. When staff members are providing care for school-aged children, staff personnel remain responsible for the supervision of the children in care and capable or responding to emergencies. These employees are also accountable for the children under their care, and the care of the center, at all times, this even includes when children are separated from their designated groups.

Often times, children are unaware of the dangers that surround them. Childhood personal injuries are, more often than not, preventable. A key way to prevent children from suffering personal injuries is to provide consistent, direct supervision. Proper supervision by an adults who are capable, competent and responsible individuals is critical to ensuring the health and well-being of children enrolled in a Florida Day Care Center.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Injuries, Playground Injuries, and other topics. A free book is available at Free Book for Parents – Helpful Information for Parents of Injured Children in Day Care Centers. The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Apple iBookstore