Florida Day Care Centers – How Does Florida Law Define an Indoor Recreational Facility?


Pursuant to Title XXIX – Public Health, Chapter 402 – Health and Human Services: Miscellaneous Provisions, Section 402.302 – Definitions, an “indoor recreational facility” is defined as an indoor commercial facility, which is establishment for the primary purpose of entertaining children in a planned fitness environment. Entertainment is provided through equipment, games and activities in conjunction with food service. These facilities do not provide care for a particular child for longer than 4 hours per day. An “indoor recreational facility” must be licensed pursuant to section 402.305, Florida Statutes (2011), but is exempt from the minimum outdoor-square-footage-per-child requirement within that section, if the facility has at least 3,000 square fee of usable indoor floor space.

Compliance with Florida laws and regulations concerning Florida Child Care Centers and the care provided to children is critical to the safety and well-being of each child in a Florida day care center. Satisfying all licensing and spacing requirements ensures the facilities providing care are habitable and well-maintained.

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