Florida Day Care Centers – What Rules / Laws Apply to Supervision During Nap Time?


Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required to provide supervision to the child under the center’s care while the children are sleeping. Specifically, adequate supervision means a sufficient amount of staff members in close proximity, within sight and hearing of all the children. Any excess staff present to satisfy the the required staff-to-children ratio must be located within the same building and on the same floor, as well as be readily accessible and available. The excess staff needs to be readily accessible in case they need to be summoned in order to ensure the safety of the children at the center.

NOTE: Child 24-months-old and younger must be directly supervised at ALL times.

Although children may be resting during nap time, staff employees at Florida Day Care Centers should still be alert during this time. Without proper supervision of children at all times, child could potentially wander off and be harmed or injured. Also, providing adequate supervision during nap time ensures a child’s well-being and safety. Children could potentially choke or stop breathing while sleeping. If under direct supervision a child’s likelihood of suffering personal injuries is greatly diminished.

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