DCF 250.07(3)(f) (f) Furnishings shall be clean, durable, and safe with no sharp, rough, loose, or pointed edges.
DCF 250.07(3)(g) (g) The furnishings shall include all of the following:
DCF 250.07(3)(g)1. 1. Table space and seating for each child.
DCF 250.07(3)(g)2. 2. Storage space for equipment, bedding, and children's clothing and personal belongings.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: Lists suggesting kinds and numbers of equipment for centers are available from the Child Care Information Center by calling 1-800-362-7353.
DCF 250.07(4) (4) Rest periods.
DCF 250.07(4)(a)(a) Children under 5 years of age in care for more than 4 consecutive hours shall have a nap or rest period.
DCF 250.07(4)(b) (b) A provider shall permit children who do not sleep after 30 minutes and children who wake up early to get up and shall help them to have a quiet time through the use of equipment or activities which do not disturb other children.
DCF 250.07(4)(c) (c) Each child one year of age or older who has a nap or rest period shall be provided with a sleeping surface that is clean, safe, washable, and placed at least 2 feet from the next sleeping child. The sleeping surface may be any of the following:
DCF 250.07(4)(c)3. 3. A padded mat.
DCF 250.07(4)(c)4. 4. A sleeping bag.
DCF 250.07(4)(c)5. 5. A crib or playpen.
DCF 250.07(4)(cm) (cm) Each child under one year of age who naps or sleeps shall be provided with a clean, safe, washable crib or playpen that meets the applicable safety standards in 16 CFR Part 1219 or 1220 and shall be placed at least 2 feet from the nearest sleeping child. Cribs or playpens may be placed end-to-end if a solid partition separates the crib or playpen, and an aisle not less than 2 feet in width is maintained between sleeping surfaces.
DCF 250.07(4)(d) (d) Each child one year of age or older who is not using a sleeping bag shall be provided with an individually identified sheet and blanket that may be used only by that child until it is washed. Sleeping bags and bedding shall be stored in a sanitary manner and washed at least after every 5 uses or as soon as possible if wet or soiled.
DCF 250.07(4)(e) (e) Infants shall sleep alone in cribs or playpens. Two related children may share a double bed. No more than one child may occupy a single size bed, cot, mat or sleeping bag.
DCF 250.07(6) (6) Health.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)(a) Contact with others who are ill.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)1.1. A licensee, provider, household member, employee, volunteer, visitor or parent who has symptoms of illness or of a communicable disease that may be transmitted through normal contact may not be in contact with the children in care.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)1m. 1m. A licensee, provider, household member, employee, volunteer, visitor, parent, or a child in care may be admitted or readmitted to the family child care center if the person provides a written statement from a physician that the condition is no longer contagious or if the person has been absent for a period of time equal to the longest usual incubation period for the disease under ch. DHS 145.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, has developed materials that identify those communicable diseases that are required to be reported to the local public health officer. These materials also provide additional guidance on the symptoms of each disease and information on how long an infected child shall be excluded from the center. Copies of the communicable disease chart are available on the Department of Health Services website, https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p44397.pdf.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)2.a.a. A licensee, provider, household member, employee, volunteer, visitor or parent whose behavior with respect to any child, adult, animal or property, on or off the center's premises, raises reasonable concern for the safety of the children, may not be in contact with the children in care.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)2.b. b. The department may require a licensee, provider, household member or other adult in contact with the children whose behavior gives reasonable concern for the safety of children to submit to an examination by a licensed mental health professional as a condition of licensure or employment.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: See also s. DCF 250.11 (2) (e) which requires a written statement from a physician or licensed mental health professional when there is reason to believe that the physical and mental health of a person may endanger children in care.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)3. 3. No person with a health history of typhoid, paratyphoid, dysentery or other diarrheal disease may work in a center until it is determined by appropriate medical tests that the person is not a carrier of the disease.
DCF 250.07(6)(a)4. 4. Any child who appears to be ill shall be moved to a separate room or area and shall be provided with a bed, crib, or cot and a sheet and blanket or a sleeping bag. The licensee shall notify the parent or emergency contact and arrange for the child to be removed from the center as soon as possible.
DCF 250.07(6)(b) (b) Medical log book.
DCF 250.07(6)(b)1.1. The licensee shall maintain a medical log book that has a stitched binding with pages that are lined and numbered.
DCF 250.07(6)(b)2. 2. Pages may not be removed from the medical log book under subd. 1. and lines may not be skipped. Each entry in the log book shall be in ink, dated, and signed or initialed by the person making the entry.
DCF 250.07(6)(b)3. 3. A provider shall record all of the following in the medical log under subd. 1.:
DCF 250.07(6)(b)3.a. a. Any evidence of unusual bruises, contusions, lacerations, or burns seen on a child, regardless of whether received in or out of the care of the center.
DCF 250.07(6)(b)3.b. b. Any injuries received by a child while in the care of the center on the date the injury occurred. The record shall include the child's name, the date and time of the injury, and a brief description of the facts surrounding the injury.
DCF 250.07(6)(b)3.c. c. Any medication dispensed to a child, on the date the medication is dispensed. The record shall include the name of the child, type of medication given, dosage, time, date, and the initials or signature of the person administering the medication.
DCF 250.07(6)(b)3.d. d. Any incident or accident that occurs when the child is in the care of the center that results in professional medical evaluation.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: See s. DCF 250.04 (8) for requirements related to reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.
DCF 250.07(6)(f) (f) Medications.
DCF 250.07(6)(f)1.1. A provider may give prescription or non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, teething gels or cough syrup to a child only under the following conditions:
DCF 250.07(6)(f)1.a. a. A completed written authorization on a form provided by the department, dated and signed by the parent is on file. Authorizations that exceed the period of time specified on the label are prohibited.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: The department's form, Authorization to Administer Medication — Child Care Centers, is used to obtain the parent's authorization to provide medications. Information on how to obtain the form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 250.07(6)(f)1.b. b. The medication is in the original container and labeled with the child's name and with dosage and administration directions.
DCF 250.07(6)(f)1.c. c. A written record, including the name of the child, type of medication given, dosage, time, date and the initials or signature of the person administering the medication shall be made in the medical log on the same day that the medication is administered.
DCF 250.07(6)(f)3. 3. Medications shall be stored so that they are not accessible to children.
DCF 250.07(6)(f)4. 4. Medications requiring refrigeration shall be kept in the refrigerator in a separate, covered container clearly labeled “medications."
DCF 250.07(6)(f)5. 5. No medication intended for use by a child in the care of the center may be kept at the center without a current medication administration authorization from the parent.
DCF 250.07(6)(f)6. 6. Medication for a child in care shall be administered by the center as directed on the label and as authorized by the parent.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., a child's hands shall be washed with soap and warm running water before meals or snacks, after handling pets or other animals, and after toileting or diapering. A child's hands and face shall be washed when soiled. For children under one year of age, hands may be washed with soap and a wet fabric or a paper washcloth that is used once and discarded.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)2. 2. If running water is not immediately available when outdoors or on field trips, soap and water-based wet wipes may be used. When running water becomes available, hands shall be washed immediately with soap and running water.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)3. 3. Disinfecting hand sanitizers may not replace the use of soap and water for washing hands.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)4. 4. Bodily secretions from a child shall be wiped with a disposable tissue.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)5. 5. All providers shall use universal precautions when exposed to blood or bodily fluids or discharges containing blood.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)6. 6. All persons working with children in care shall wash their hands with soap and warm running water before handling food, before and after assisting with toileting or diapering, after handling pets or animals, and after being exposed to blood or bodily fluids containing blood or other types of bodily secretions. If gloves are used, hands shall be washed after removal of gloves.
DCF 250.07(6)(g)7. 7. Single use disposable gloves shall be worn if there is contact with bodily fluids or tissue discharges that contain blood. Gloves shall be discarded in plastic bags.
DCF 250.07(6)(h) (h) Health precautions.
DCF 250.07(6)(h)1.1. Surfaces exposed to bodily secretions, including toys, equipment, and furnishings, shall be washed with soap and water and disinfected. The disinfectant solution used shall be one that is registered with the U.S. environmental protection agency as a disinfectant and has instructions for use as a disinfectant on the label. The solution shall be prepared and applied as indicated on the label.
DCF 250.07(6)(h)2. 2. Soap, towels or an air dryer, toilet paper, and a waste paper container shall be provided in the washroom and accessible to children.
DCF 250.07(6)(h)3. 3. Towels and washcloths shall be individual to each person and used only once. Cups, eating utensils, or toothbrushes may not be shared.
DCF 250.07(6)(h)4. 4. Wet or soiled clothing shall be changed promptly from an available supply of clean clothing.
DCF 250.07(6)(h)5. 5. Section DCF 250.09 (4) applies when a child 2 years of age or older needs attention for diapering or toileting.
DCF 250.07(6)(h)6. 6. As appropriate, children shall be protected from sunburn and insect bites with protective clothing, sunscreen, or insect repellent. Sunscreen and insect repellent may only be applied upon the written authorization of the parent. The authorization shall include the ingredient strength and be reviewed and updated periodically. If sunscreen or insect repellent is provided by the parent, the sunscreen or repellent shall be labeled with the child's name. Recording the application of sunscreen or insect repellent is not necessary.
DCF 250.07(6)(k) (k) Injuries.
DCF 250.07(6)(k)1.1. Written permission from the parent to call the child's physician or refer the child for medical care in case of injury shall be on file at the center. A provider shall contact a parent of the injured child as soon as possible after an emergency has occurred or, if the injury is minor, when the child is picked up.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: See DCF 250.04 (3) (a) regarding reporting injuries that require medical attention to the Department within 24 hours after the occurrence.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: The department's form, Child Care Enrollment, includes authorization for the center to obtain emergency medical care for a child. Information on how to obtain forms is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 250.07(6)(k)2. 2. Superficial wounds shall be cleaned with soap and water only and protected with a bandaid or bandage.
DCF 250.07(6)(k)3. 3. Suspected poisoning shall be treated only after consultation with a poison control center.
DCF 250.07(6)(k)4. 4. The licensee shall designate a planned source of emergency medical care, such as a hospital emergency room, clinic or other constantly staffed facility and shall advise parents about that designation.
DCF 250.07(7) (7) Pets and animals.
DCF 250.07(7)(a)(a) Animals shall be maintained in good health and appropriately immunized against rabies. Rabies vaccinations shall be documented with a current certificate from a veterinarian.
DCF 250.07(7)(b) (b) Animals that pose any risk to the children shall be restricted from the indoor and outdoor areas used by children.
DCF 250.07(7)(c) (c) Licensees shall ensure that parents are aware of the presence of pets and animals in the center. If pets and animals are allowed to roam in areas of the center occupied by children, written acknowledgement from the parents shall be obtained. If pets are added after a child is enrolled, parents shall be notified in writing prior to the pets' addition to the center.
DCF 250.07(7)(d) (d) Reptiles, amphibians, ferrets, poisonous animals, psittacine birds, exotic and wild animals may not be accessible to children.
DCF 250.07 Note Note: Psittacine birds are hooked bill birds of the parrot family that have 2 toes forward and 2 toes backward, including macaws, grays, cockatoos and lovebirds.
DCF 250.07(7)(e) (e) All contact between pets or animals and children shall be under the sight and sound supervision of a provider who is close enough to remove the child immediately if the pet or animal shows signs of distress or aggression or the child shows signs of treating the animal inappropriately.
DCF 250.07(7)(f) (f) Pets are prohibited in any food preparation or serving area when food is being prepared or served unless the pet is confined in a cage or kennel. Litter boxes are prohibited in any food preparation, storage or serving areas. Litter boxes and animal feeding dishes, excluding water dishes, may not be placed in areas accessible to children.
DCF 250.07(7)(g) (g) Indoor and outdoor areas accessible to children shall be free of pet and animal excrement.
DCF 250.07(7)(i) (i) Licensees shall ensure that the center is in compliance with all applicable local ordinances regarding the number, types and health status of pets and animals.
DCF 250.07 History History: CR 03-052: cr. Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 3-1-05; corrections in (5) (a), (6) (e), (j) 2. and (m) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 07-102: cr. (1) (a) 8., (2) (c) 5., (6) (f) 2. b., 5., 6., (g) 1. b. and c., am. (1) (b) (intro.), (2) (c) (intro.), 1., (3) (e), (6) (e) 1., 2., (f) 1. (intro.), (L) 1., 2., (7) (f) and (h), renum. (6) (f) 2. and (g) 1. to be (6) (f) 2. a. and (g) 1. a. and am. Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09; 2015 Wis. Act 132: am. (6) (L) 3. Register February 2016 No. 722, eff. 3-1-16; EmR1918: emerg. r. and recr. (2) (b), am. (3) (title), cr. (3) (a) 4., 5., (f), (g), r. and recr. (4) (c), cr. (4) (cm), am. (4) (d), r. (5), cr. (6) (a) 1m., 4., r. and recr. (6) (b), r. (6) (c) to (e), (f) 2., r. and recr. (6) (g), (h), r. (6) (i), (j), (k) 5., (L), (m), (7) (h), eff. 1-30-19; CR 19-089: r. and recr. (2) (b), am. (3) (title), cr. (3) (a) 4., 5., (f), (g), r. and recr. (4) (c), cr. (4) (cm), am. (4) (d), r. (5), cr. (6) (a) 1m., 4., r. and recr. (6) (b), r. (6) (c) to (e), (f) 2., r. and recr. (6) (g), (h), r. (6) (i), (j), (k) 5., (L), (m), (7) (h) Register March 2020 No. 771, eff. 4-1-20.
DCF 250.08 DCF 250.08Transportation.
DCF 250.08(1)(1)Applicability.
DCF 250.08(1)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), this section applies to all transportation of children in care, including both regularly scheduled transportation to and from the center and field trip transportation, if any of the following apply:
DCF 250.08(1)(a)1. 1. The licensee owns or leases the vehicle used.
DCF 250.08(1)(a)2. 2. The licensee contracts with another person or organization that owns or leases the vehicle used.
DCF 250.08(1)(a)3. 3. Employees, parents, or volunteers are transporting children other than their own at the direction of, at the request of, or on behalf of the licensee.
DCF 250.08(1)(b) (b) The following requirements do not apply to transportation provided in vehicles owned and driven by parents or volunteers who are not counted in the staff-to-child ratios specified in Table DCF 250.055:
DCF 250.08(1)(b)1. 1. The requirement that a licensee obtain a copy of the driver's driving record and review it under sub. (4) (c).
DCF 250.08(1)(b)2. 2. The requirement to provide evidence that the vehicle is in safe operating condition at 12-month intervals under sub. (5) (b).
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.