Florida Day Care Centers – What Disciplinary Acts Are Prohibited?


With over 800,000 children under the age of six in the State of Florida needing child care, it is important that Florida’s Day Care Centers abide by the Florida Statutes 402.305. One area of this statute that is of particular concern in provision dealing with child discipline.

Section 12 provides that age will play a part in determining what course of action is necessary when disciplining a child. Next, the statute lays out the minimum requirements that each Florida Day Care Center must abide by. First, Florida Day Care Centers are not allowed to discipline in any way that is humiliating or frightening. Second, the discipline cannot be associated with food, rest, or toileting. Finally, Florida Day Care Centers and its staff are prohibited from spanking or physically punishing children in any form. The statute also requires Florida Day Care Centers to inform the parents of the child of the daycare’s disciplinary practices prior to the child’s admission.