DCF 251.04 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Child Care Enrollment, or the licensee's own form to obtain consent of the child's parent for emergency medical treatment. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.04(6)(a)3. 3. Authorization from the parent to transport the child to and from the center, when transportation is provided.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Transportation Permission — Child Care Centers, or the licensee's own form to obtain authorization to transport children to and from the Center. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.04(6)(a)4. 4. Authorization from the parent for the child to participate in and be transported for field trips and other activities, if these are part of the center's program.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Field Trip or Other Activity Notification/Permission, or the licensee's own form for securing parental information. The department's form, Child Care Enrollment, also contain authorization from a parent to participate in field trips if the center chooses to use that form. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.04(6)(a)5. 5. Authorization from the parent outlining the plan for a child to come to the center from school, home or other activities or to go from the center to school, home or other activities unless the child is accompanied by a parent or other authorized person or transported by the center.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Alternate Arrival/Release Agreement — Child Care Centers, or the licensee's own form for securing the parent's authorization. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.04(6)(a)6. 6. Documentation of each child's health history on a form provided by the department.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The department's form, Health History and Emergency Care Plan is used for health history information. 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 251.04(6)(a)6m. 6m. Documentation of each child's immunization history.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The form, Day Care Immunization Record, may be used to record immunization information. An electronic printout from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry or other registry maintained by a health care provider may be used in place of the Day Care Immunization Record. 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 251.04(6)(a)7. 7. Specific informed written consent from the parent for each incident of participation by a child in any research or testing project.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Informed Consent for Observation or Testing by an Outside Agency — Child Care Centers, or the licensee's own form for securing the parent's written consent. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.04(6)(a)8. 8. The health examination report required under s. DCF 251.07 (6) (k) 3.
DCF 251.04(6)(b) (b) The licensee shall maintain a current, accurate written record of the daily attendance and date of birth of each child for the length of time the child is enrolled in the program. The actual time of arrival and departure for each child shall be recorded if hours of arrival and departure vary among children.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: The form, Daily Attendance Record — Child Care, may be used to record a child's daily attendance. Information on how to obtain the department's form is available on the department's website, http://dcf.wisconsin.gov, or from any regional licensing office in Appendix A.
DCF 251.04(6)(c) (c) The licensee shall maintain a log or logs for medication and injury and shall record daily any injuries received by a child or medication dispensed to a child, as follows:
DCF 251.04(6)(c)1. 1. The log shall be in a book with stitched binding with pages that are lined and numbered. The pages may not be removed or lines skipped.
DCF 251.04(6)(c)2. 2. Entries shall be made in ink on the date of occurrence and shall be dated and signed or initialed by the person making the entry.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: See s. DCF 251.07 (6) (f) and (j) for information on recording entries in the center medical log book.
DCF 251.04(7) (7)Confidentiality. The licensee is responsible for the compliance of child care center employees and volunteers with s. 48.78, Stats., and this subsection. The licensee shall ensure that:
DCF 251.04(7)(a) (a) Persons having access to children's records do not discuss or disclose personal information regarding the children and facts learned about the children and their relatives. This does not apply to:
DCF 251.04(7)(a)1. 1. The parent or a person authorized in writing by the parent to receive the information.
DCF 251.04(7)(a)2. 2. Any agency assisting in planning for the child when informed written parental consent has been given.
DCF 251.04(7)(a)3. 3. Agencies authorized under s. 48.78, Stats.
DCF 251.04(7)(b) (b) A parent, upon request, has access to all records and reports maintained on his or her child.
DCF 251.04(7)(c) (c) All records required by the department under this chapter for licensing purposes are available to the licensing representative.
DCF 251.04(8) (8)Reporting child abuse.
DCF 251.04(8)(a)(a) A licensee, employee or volunteer at a child care center who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected as defined in ss. 48.02 (1) and 48.981 (1), Stats., shall immediately contact the county department of social services or human services or a local law enforcement agency, as required by s. 48.981, Stats.
DCF 251.04(8)(b) (b) The licensee, shall ensure that every employee and volunteer who comes in contact with the children at the child care center has received training every 2 years in all of the following:
DCF 251.04(8)(b)1. 1. Child abuse and neglect law.
DCF 251.04(8)(b)2. 2. How to identify children who have been abused or neglected.
DCF 251.04(8)(b)3. 3. The procedure for ensuring that known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect are immediately reported to the proper authorities.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: Failure of the licensee to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect does not lessen the legal duty of a child care employee to report known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Information related to child abuse may be obtained from the Child Care Information Center, 2109 S. Stoughton Rd., Madison, WI 53716, 1-800-362-7353.
DCF 251.04 Note Note: See s. DCF 251.04 (3) (j) on reporting suspected abuse of a child by a staff member to the department.
DCF 251.04 History History: Cr. Register, January, 1997, No. 493, eff. 8-1-97; CR 03-052: am. (2) (c), (f), (g), (i) and (m), (3) (a), (f) and (g), (5) (a), (6) (a) and 6., (7) (intro), (8) (a), (b) (intro), and 3., cr. (3) (h) to (L), (6) (a) 6m., r. and recr. (5) (a) 2. and 3. Register December 2004 No. 588, eff. 3-1-05; corrections in (2) (d), (3) (j), (4) (a) 1., (5) (a) 2. to 5. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 07-102: am. (1) (a), (2) (f), (h) 2., (i) 5., 6., (k), (L), (3) (intro.), (a), (c), (g), (j), (6) (a) 5. and (b), cr. (2) (h) 2. a., b., c., d., (i) 9., (n), (o), (p), (3) (m), (n), (5) (a) 6., 7., 8. and (6) (a) 8., r. and recr. (5) (a) 5. Register December 2008 No. 636, eff. 1-1-09; corrections in (3) (m), (5) (a) 6. and (6) (a) 8. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2008 No. 636; 2015 Wis. Act 132: am. (5) (a) 4. Register February 2016 No. 722, eff. 3-1-16; correction in (5) (a) 2., 3. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2016 No. 729.
DCF 251.05 DCF 251.05Staffing.
DCF 251.05(1) (1)Responsibilities and qualifications of staff.
DCF 251.05(1)(a)(a) Competency. A child care worker, including the center administrator, center director, child care teachers, assistant teachers, and volunteers counted in the staff to child ratio shall be physically, mentally and emotionally able to provide responsible care for all children including children with disabilities.
DCF 251.05(1)(b) (b) Shaken baby syndrome prevention training. Except for a volunteer who is not counted in staff-to-child ratios, each child care worker including the administrator, center director, teachers, assistant teachers, and substitutes who provide care and supervision to children under 5 years of age shall receive department-approved training in shaken baby syndrome and impacted babies and appropriate ways to manage crying, fussing or distraught children. The training shall be completed by one of the following methods:
DCF 251.05(1)(b)1. 1. Complete the department-approved, in-person training on shaken baby syndrome prevention and impacted babies before the date on which the child care worker begins to work with children under age 5 years.
DCF 251.05(1)(b)2. 2. View a department-approved video or complete a department-approved, web-based course on shaken baby syndrome prevention before the date on which the child care worker begins to work with children under age 5 years and complete a department-approved, in-person training within 6 months of beginning to work with children under age 5.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: Department-approved training in shaken baby syndrome prevention is included in the department-approved non-credit courses called Introduction to the Child Care Profession and Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler, if the course was taken after 7/1/05. Information on department-approved training in shaken baby syndrome is available from the Child Care Information Center at 800-362-7353.
DCF 251.05(1)(c) (c) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. All employees in regular contact with children shall obtain and maintain a current certificate of completion for infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use from an agency approved by the department within 6 months after beginning to work with children. Volunteers included in determining staff-to-child ratios shall obtain a certificate of completion in infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation after volunteering for 240 hours. The time spent obtaining or renewing cardiopulmonary resuscitation training may be counted towards the required continuing education hours.
DCF 251.05(1)(d) (d) Administrator.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)1.1. The licensee may act as administrator of a group child care center. If the licensee does not act as administrator, the licensee shall designate a person or persons to be the administrator or administrators of the center. The administrator shall be responsible for the center's management, including personnel, finance, physical plant and the day to day operation of the center.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)2. 2. An administrator shall:
DCF 251.05(1)(d)2.a. a. Be at least 21 years of age.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)2.b. b. Have completed high school or its equivalent as determined by the Wisconsin department of public instruction.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)3. 3. Before a person assumes the position of administrator, the person shall have both of the following:
DCF 251.05(1)(d)3.a. a. One year of experience as a manager or satisfactory completion of one credit or non-credit department-approved course in business or program administration.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)3.b. b. One year of experience as a center director or child care teacher in a licensed child care center or kindergarten or satisfactory completion of one non-credit department-approved course or one course for credit in early childhood education or its equivalent.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)4. 4. If the board of a parent cooperative is responsible for management of a center, the requirements under subds. 2., and 3., do not apply.
DCF 251.05(1)(d)5. 5. Within one year of assuming the position, each administrator shall complete at least 10 hours of training in supervision or personnel management, if the administrator has not previously received that training. The training may be counted as part of the annual continuing education requirement.
DCF 251.05(1)(e) (e) Center director.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)1.1. The licensee may act as the center director. If the licensee does not act as center director, the licensee shall designate a person or persons to be the center director for each center location.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)2. 2. The center director shall be responsible for the supervision of the planning and implementation of the center's program for children, the supervision of staff at the center, staff meetings and orientation and continuing education for the staff.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)3. 3. A center director shall be employed on one of the following schedules:
DCF 251.05(1)(e)3.a. a. At least 10 hours a week for the exclusive purpose of carrying out center director responsibilities in a single full-day center location licensed for 50 or fewer children.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)3.b. b. At least 20 hours a week for the exclusive purpose of carrying out center director responsibilities in a single full-day center location licensed for 51 or more children.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)4. 4. A center director for a program licensed to serve 50 or fewer children shall:
DCF 251.05(1)(e)4.a. a. Be at least 21 years of age.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)4.b. b. Have completed high school or its equivalent as determined by the Wisconsin department of public instruction.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)4.c. c. Have at least 80 full days or 120 half days of experience as a teacher or assistant teacher in a licensed child care center or other approved setting.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)4.d. d. Prior to beginning to work as a center director have completed at least one of the following training requirements:
i. Two non-credit department-approved courses in early childhood education and within one year of assuming the position, one course in the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential or its equivalent.
ii. Two courses for credit in early childhood education and within one year of assuming the position, one course in the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential or its equivalent.
iii. Forty eight credits from an institution of higher education with at least 3 credits in early childhood education and within one year of assuming the position, one course in the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential or its equivalent.
iv. A certificate from The Registry indicating the person is on Registry Level 12 or above.
v. A one-year child care diploma from an institution of higher education.
vi. An associate degree in early childhood education or child care from an institution of higher education.
vii. Child development associate (CDA) credential issued by the council for early childhood professional recognition and within one year of assuming the position, one course in the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential or its equivalent.
viii. A bachelor degree from an institution of higher education in early childhood education or child development or a license from the Wisconsin department of public instruction to act as a kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or early childhood (regular or special education) teacher.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: Information on how to obtain or renew a Wisconsin department of public instruction teacher license is available on the DPI website, http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)4.e. e. Complete at least 10 hours of training in supervision or personnel management within one year of assuming the position of center director, if the director has not previously received that training. The training may be counted as part of the annual continuing education requirement.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)5. 5. A center director for a program licensed to serve 51 or more children shall:
DCF 251.05(1)(e)5.a. a. Be at least 21 years of age.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)5.b. b. Have completed high school or its equivalent as determined by the Wisconsin department of public instruction.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)5.c. c. Have at least 2 years of experience as a child care teacher or center director in a licensed child care center or other approved setting.
DCF 251.05(1)(e)5.d. d. Prior to beginning to work as a center director have completed one of the following training requirements:
i. Four non-credit department-approved courses in early childhood education or its equivalent and within 3 years of assuming the position the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential. Up to two courses in the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator may be used to meet the early childhood education requirement, if taken prior to beginning to work as a center director.
ii. Four courses for credit in early childhood education from an institution of higher education and within 3 years of assuming the position, the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential. Up to two courses in the Wisconsin Child Care Administrator Credential may be used to meet the early childhood education requirement, if taken prior to beginning to work as a center director.
iii. An associate degree in early childhood education or child care from an institution of higher education.
iv. A bachelor degree in early childhood education from an institution of higher education or a license from Wisconsin department of public instruction to act as a kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or early childhood (regular or special education) teacher.
v. A certificate from The Registry indicating the person is on Registry Level 14 or above.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: Information on how to obtain or renew a Wisconsin department of public instruction teacher license is available on the DPI website, http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl.
DCF 251.05(1)(f) (f) Child care teacher.
DCF 251.05(1)(f)1.1. A child care teacher shall plan, implement and supervise the daily activities for a group of children.
DCF 251.05(1)(f)2. 2. A person who is a child care teacher shall be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or its equivalent as determined by the Wisconsin department of public instruction.
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