Animals that pose any risk to the children shall be restricted from the indoor and outdoor areas used by children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indoor and outdoor areas accessible to children shall be free of pet and animal excrement.
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.
, 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.
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:
The licensee contracts with another person or organization that owns or leases the vehicle used.
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.
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:
The requirement that a licensee obtain a copy of the driver's driving record and review it under sub. (4) (c)
The requirement to provide evidence that the vehicle is in safe operating condition at 12-month intervals under sub. (5) (b)
The licensee shall document in the licensee's policies that transportation provided through a written or verbal contract with another person or organization meets the requirements of this section.
Permission and emergency information.
Before transporting a child, a licensee shall obtain signed permission from the parent for transportation and emergency information for each child. The form shall include all of the following information:
The purpose of the transportation and the parent's permission to transport the child for that purpose.
An address and telephone number where a parent or other adult can be reached in an emergency.
The name, address, and telephone number of the child's health care provider.
Written consent from the child's parent for emergency medical treatment.
DCF 250.08 Note
The licensee may use the department's form, Child Care Enrollment
, to obtain consent of the child's parent for emergency medical treatment. Information on how to obtain forms is available on the department's website, https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cclicensing/ccformspubs
Required information for each trip.
The licensee shall ensure that written documentation of all of the following is maintained at the center and in any vehicle transporting children while the children are being transported:
A copy of the completed permission and emergency information form under sub. (2)
for each child being transported.
For transportation to or from a child's home or school, the transportation route and scheduled stops.
The driver of a vehicle used to transport children in care shall be at least 18 years of age and shall hold a valid driver's license from the state where the driver resides and for the type of vehicle driven.
Before a driver who is not the licensee first transports children and annually thereafter, the licensee shall provide the driver with an orientation. The licensee shall document the training. The training shall include all of the following:
The procedure for ensuring that all children are properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seat.
The procedure for loading, unloading, and tracking of children being transported.
The procedure for evacuating the children from a vehicle in an emergency.
Behavior management techniques for use with children being transported.
A review of applicable statutes and rules affecting transportation of children.
A review of child abuse and neglect laws and center reporting procedures.
Information on any special needs a child being transported may have and the plan for how those needs will be met.
Prior to the day a driver first transports children in care and annually thereafter, the licensee shall obtain a copy of the driving record for each driver and place the record in the staff file. The licensee shall review each driving record to ensure that the driver has no accidents or traffic violations that would indicate that having children ride with the driver could pose a threat to the children.
In determining whether a driver may pose a threat to the children, the licensee shall consider the totality of the driver’s record, any other relevant facts, and the following factors in combination:
A driver whose driving record indicates that the driver poses a threat to the children may not transport children.
Except as provided in subd. 2.
, a driver of a vehicle that is transporting children in care may not use a cellular phone or other wireless telecommunication device while loading, unloading, or transporting children, except when the vehicle is out of traffic, not in operation, and any of the following applies:
The phone or device is used to communicate with the center regarding an emergency situation.
A navigation device may be used during transportation of children if the device is programmed to a destination when the vehicle is out of traffic and not in operation.
The licensee shall ensure that each vehicle that is used to transport children is all of the following:
Registered with the Wisconsin department of transportation or the appropriate authority in another state.
Clean, uncluttered, and free of obstruction on the floors, aisles, and seats.
At 12-month intervals, the licensee shall provide the department with evidence of a vehicle's safe operating condition on a form provided by the department.
DCF 250.08 Note
The department's form, Vehicle Safety Inspection
, is used to record evidence of the vehicle's safe operating condition. Information on how to obtain forms is available on the department's website, https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cclicensing/ccformspubs
The licensee shall obtain and maintain vehicle liability insurance with minimums no less than those specified in subch. VI
. of ch. 344
At least once per year, the licensee shall make available to the department each vehicle that is required to have a child safety alarm under sub. (8) (a)
to determine whether the child safety alarm is in good working order.
No person may transport a child under 8 years of age in a motor vehicle, unless the child is restrained in a child safety restraint system that is appropriate to the child's age and size in accordance with s. 347.48
Stats., and ch. Trans 310
Each child who is not required to be in an individual child car safety seat or booster seat when being transported under par. (a)
shall be properly restrained by a seat belt in accordance with 347.48, Stats., and ch. Trans 315
Each adult in the vehicle shall be properly restrained by a seat belt in accordance with 347.48, Stats., and ch. Trans 315
Children transported in school buses or vehicles built to school bus standards shall be properly seated according to the manufacturer's specifications.
Children under 13 years of age who are in the care of the center may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle.
The center shall be responsible for a child from the time the child is placed in a vehicle until the child reaches his or her destination and is released to a person responsible for the child. A parent of a school age child may authorize a child to enter a building unescorted.
DCF 250.08 Note
Form, Transportation Permission - Child Care Centers
, may be used to designate an adult to receive a child being transported. The form is available on the department's website at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cclicensing/ccformspubs
When children are transported in a vehicle, there shall be at least one adult supervisor in addition to the driver whenever there are more than 3 children who are either under 2 years of age or who have a disability that limits their ability to respond to an emergency.
The licensee shall develop and implement a procedure to ensure that all children exit the vehicle after being transported to a destination.
No child may be in a vehicle for transport to or from a center, a field trip, or other center activity for more than 60 minutes for a one-way trip.
A vehicle shall be equipped with a child safety alarm that prompts the driver to inspect the vehicle for children before exiting if all of the following conditions apply:
The vehicle is owned or leased by a licensee or a contractor of a licensee.
The vehicle has a seating capacity of 6 or more passengers plus the driver. The seating capacity of the vehicle shall be as determined by the manufacturer.