Florida Day Care Centers – What Rules / Laws Apply to Parental Visitation and Access to the Child in the Day Care Center?


Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required to provide the custodial parent or legal guardian access, both in person and by telephone, to the facility during normal hours of operation or during the time the child is under care of the center.

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. Parents and legal guardians will have a higher sense of security if allowed access to the facility. The facility and children under the facility’s care should be easily accessible, especially in the event an accident or other emergency occurs. In addition to providing access, Florida Day Care Centers are required to provide emergency contact numbers and obtain designated emergency contacts for the children under the center’s care. Having emergency contact numbers and designated emergency contacts will ensure that parent’s or legal guardians of children will be notified and well informed of their child’s safety and health while attending a Florida day care. Easily and accessible emergency contact numbers, as well as access to the center, can prevent childhood personal injuries and/or reduce the severity of an injury sustained by a child.

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.

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