DCF 251.05(1)(g)3. 3. A parent serving as an assistant child care teacher in a center operated by a parent cooperative is exempt from the training requirements under subd. 2.
DCF 251.05(1)(h) (h) Non-credit course criteria. Non-credit courses offered to meet the non-credit course requirements specified in this subsection shall contain the components prescribed by the department and shall be approved by the department before being offered. The department may at any time withdraw its approval of a non-credit course. Instructors of non-credit department-approved courses shall be approved by the department prior to teaching a course.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: Information on the components prescribed by the department may be obtained by contacting one of the regional licensing offices in Appendix A. A list of agencies approved to offer non-credit department-approved courses is available on the department's website at http://dcf.wisconsin.gov.
DCF 251.05(1)(i) (i) Certificate. Each administrator, center director and child care teacher shall obtain a certificate from The Registry (the Wisconsin early childhood professional recognition system) within 3 months after assuming the position. An administrator, a center director and teachers in a school-age only program shall obtain a certificate from The Registry within 6 months after assuming the position. Persons holding a teacher license issued by the department of public instruction are not required to obtain a Registry certificate.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: Information on obtaining a certificate from The Registry is available at http://www.the-registry.org/ or (608) 222-1123.
DCF 251.05(1)(j) (j) Substitutes.
DCF 251.05(1)(j)1.1. When a regular required staff member is absent from a center, there shall be a substitute who is at least 18 years of age.
DCF 251.05(1)(j)2. 2. A substitute who is employed by the same licensee for more than 240 hours shall obtain at least one non-credit, department-approved course or be currently enrolled in training to meet this requirement before completing 240 hours of work as a substitute. A substitute who provides care and supervision to children under age 5 shall have completed department-approved training in shaken baby syndrome as specified under par. (b) before working with children.
DCF 251.05(1)(j)3. 3. The center director or designee shall maintain a record of the days and hours worked by each substitute child care worker.
DCF 251.05(1)(k) (k) Volunteers and student teachers.
DCF 251.05(1)(k)1.1. Volunteers and student teachers shall participate in the orientation required under sub. (2) (a).
DCF 251.05(1)(k)2. 2. A volunteer who is used to meet staff-to-child ratios shall obtain at least one non-credit, department-approved course or be currently enrolled in training to meet this requirement before completing 240 hours of work as a volunteer. A volunteer who provides care and supervision to children under age 5 shall have completed department-approved training in shaken baby syndrome as specified under par. (b) before working with children.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: Introduction to the Child Care Profession is the non-credit course approved by the department to meet this requirement.
DCF 251.05(1)(k)3. 3. A volunteer who is not used to meet staff to child ratios shall have training in child care programming and procedures before working with children. The training shall include the responsibilities of the volunteer, general child supervision techniques, a review of the daily schedule and general health and safety practices including meal or snack preparation, dishwashing, toileting, personal hygiene and emergency evacuation procedures. This includes volunteers working in a center operated by a parent cooperative.
DCF 251.05(1)(k)4. 4. The center director or designee shall coordinate the volunteer program and keep on file documentation of the hours worked by volunteers who are used to meet staff to child ratios.
DCF 251.05(1)(k)5. 5. Student teachers who are not employed by the child care center may not be used to meet the staff to child ratios during the time the person is working as a student teacher.
DCF 251.05(1)(L) (L) Health examination.
DCF 251.05(1)(L)1.1. Except as provided under subd. 2., persons who work directly with children, except volunteers, shall have a health examination within 12 months before beginning work at a specific child care center or within 30 days after beginning work at the center. The results of the examination shall be stated on a form provided by the department. The report shall be dated and signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant or HealthCheck provider. The report shall indicate all of the following:
DCF 251.05(1)(L)1.a. a. That the person is free from illness detrimental to children, including tuberculosis.
DCF 251.05(1)(L)1.b. b. That the person is physically able to work with young children.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: The department's form, Staff Health Report — Child Care Provider, is used for recording physical examination information. 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 251.05(1)(L)2. 2. The health examination requirement under subd. 1. does not apply to a person who requests an exemption from the department in writing. The exemption is granted based on adherence to religious belief in exclusive use of prayer or spiritual means for healing in accordance with a bona fide religious sect or denomination.
DCF 251.05(1)(L)3. 3. No licensee, employee, volunteer, visitor or parent with symptoms of serious illness or a communicable disease transmitted through normal contact reportable under ch. DHS 145 which presents a safety or health risk to children may be in contact with the children in care.
DCF 251.05(1)(L)4.a.a. No licensee, employee, volunteer, visitor or parent whose behavior gives reasonable concern for the safety of children may be in contact with the children in care.
DCF 251.05(1)(L)4.b. b. The department may require a licensee, employee or other person 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 251.05 Note Note: See also DCF 251.11 (1) (f) which requires a written statement from a physician or licensed mental health professional when there is reason to believe that the physical or mental health of a person may endanger children in care.
DCF 251.05(1)(L)5. 5. 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 tests that the person is not a carrier of the disease.
DCF 251.05(2) (2)Staff development.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)(a) Orientation. Except as provided under subd. 12., each center shall develop and implement a written orientation program which all new employees, substitutes and regularly scheduled volunteers shall complete and document within their first week at the center. The orientation program shall cover all of the following:
DCF 251.05(2)(a)1. 1. Review of this chapter.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)2. 2. Review of center policies required under s. DCF 251.04 (2) (h) and (i).
DCF 251.05(2)(a)3. 3. Review of the center contingency plans required under s. DCF 251.04 (2) (i), including fire and tornado evacuation plans and the operation of fire extinguishers.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)4. 4. First aid procedures.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)5. 5. Job responsibilities in relation to the job description.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)6. 6. Training in the recognition of childhood illnesses and infectious disease control, including handwashing procedures and universal precautions for handling body fluids.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: A copy of the universal precautions may be obtained from the Child Care Information Center by calling 800-362-7353.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)7. 7. Schedule of activities of the center.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)8. 8. Review of child abuse and neglect laws and center reporting procedures.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)9. 9. The procedure for ensuring that all child care workers know the children assigned to their care and their whereabouts at all times including during center-provided transportation.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)10. 10. Child management techniques.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)11. 11. Procedure for sharing information related to a child's special health care needs including any physical, emotional, social or cognitive disabilities with any child care worker who may be assigned to care for that child throughout the day.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)12. 12. Review of procedures to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome prior to an employee's or volunteer's first day of work, if the center is licensed to care for children under one year of age.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)13. 13. The procedure to contact a parent if a child is absent from the center without prior notification from the parent.
DCF 251.05(2)(a)14. 14. Information on any special needs a child enrolled in the center may have and the plan for how those needs will be met.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: The licensee may use the department's form, Staff Orientation Checklist — Group Child Care Centers, for documenting staff orientation. 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 251.05(2)(b) (b) Staff meetings. To ensure that staff have the opportunity to receive pertinent information and clarification of problems and issues, each center shall conduct staff meetings at least 9 times in a calendar year or one time for each month of center operation and document that staff meetings have been held.
DCF 251.05(2)(c) (c) Continuing education.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)1.1. Each administrator, center director and child care worker who works more than 20 hours a week shall participate in at least 25 hours of continuing education each year.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)2. 2. Each administrator, center director and child care worker who works 20 or fewer hours a week shall participate in at least 15 hours of continuing education each year.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)3. 3. Continuing education hours may be used to meet the continuing education requirement during the year in which the hours are earned and for the 2 years following that year.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)4. 4. Continuing education courses taken for credit through an institution of higher education may be used to meet the continuing education requirement during the year the credits were earned and for the following 2 years.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)5. 5. Assistant child care teachers who are currently enrolled in their first entry level course are not required to earn continuing education hours for that calendar year.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)7. 7. Types of training acceptable to meet continuing education requirements shall be limited to:
DCF 251.05(2)(c)7.a. a. Formal courses resulting in credits or continuing education units.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)7.b. b. Workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures, correspondence courses and home study courses.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)7.c. c. Training offered by the child care center through the use of guest or staff trainers.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)7.d. d. Documented observation time in other early childhood programs.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)8. 8. Continuing education experiences may be in the areas of early childhood education, child development, child guidance, health, caring for children with special needs, first aid, nutrition as it pertains to child development, supervision of staff or the business or administrative aspects of the operation of a child care center or in communication skills.
DCF 251.05(2)(c)9. 9. Independent reading and watching of educational materials may be counted for up to 5 hours of continuing education per year for each person required under par. (c) 1. to have 25 hours of continuing education, and up to 2.5 hours of continuing education per year for each person required under par. (c) 2. to have 15 hours of continuing education.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: The licensee may use either the department's form, Staff Continuing Education Record — Child Care Centers, or the licensee's own form to document the completion of continuing education. 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 251.05(2)(d) (d) Food service personnel orientation and training. The center shall provide food service personnel with the orientation under par. (a) and shall document annual training of at least 4 hours in kitchen sanitation, food handling and nutrition.
DCF 251.05(3) (3)Supervision.
DCF 251.05(3)(a)(a) At least one child care teacher shall supervise each group of children.
DCF 251.05(3)(b) (b) Assistant child care teachers who are at least 18 years of age and have completed the training required for the position may provide sole supervision to a group of children in full-day centers for opening and closing hours, not to exceed the first 2 hours and the last 2 hours of center operation.
DCF 251.05(3)(c) (c) Each child shall be closely supervised by a child care worker who is within the sight and sound of the children to guide the children's behavior and activities, prevent harm and assure safety.
DCF 251.05(3)(d) (d) A child care worker may not provide care to children at the center more than 10 hours in any 24-hour period.
DCF 251.05(3)(e) (e) A child may not be in care more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period.
DCF 251.05(3)(f) (f) The center shall implement a procedure to ensure that the number, names and whereabouts of children in care are known to assigned child care workers at all times.
DCF 251.05(3)(g) (g) A child may not be released to any person who has not been previously authorized by the parent.
DCF 251.05(3)(h) (h) The center shall implement a procedure to contact a parent if a child is absent from the center without prior notification from the parent.
DCF 251.05(3)(i) (i) No child shall be left in sole charge of a person under the age of 18.
DCF 251.05(4) (4)Staffing and grouping.
DCF 251.05(4)(a)(a) The maximum number of children in a group may not exceed the number specified in Table 251.05-D.
DCF 251.05(4)(b) (b) The ratio of child care workers to children may not be less than the minimum number of child care workers to children specified in Table 251.05-D. - See PDF for table PDF
DCF 251.05(4)(c) (c) When 8 or fewer children are present in a center, there shall be a second adult available within 5 minutes for emergencies. The center shall maintain a signed and dated statement from that person, including address and telephone number, certifying that the person is available and agrees to serve if needed.
DCF 251.05(4)(d) (d) Maximum group size does not apply to field trips, outdoor play areas and areas of the center reserved exclusively for eating, however staff-to-child ratios shall be maintained in those settings.
DCF 251.05(4)(e) (e) During naptime, an adjustment in group size and staff-to-child ratios in Table 251.05-D may be made as follows:
DCF 251.05(4)(e)1. 1. One child care worker shall be within sight or sound of each group of sleeping children. If at least one child is awake, sight and sound supervision of awake children is required.
DCF 251.05(4)(e)2. 2. Adult-to-child ratios shall be maintained in the center during naptime.
DCF 251.05(4)(e)3. 3. Maximum group size requirements do not apply to napping groups.
DCF 251.05(4)(f) (f) When there is a mixed-age group, the staff-to-child ratio shall be adjusted on a prorata basis, according to age.
DCF 251.05 Note Note: The licensee may use the department's form, Child Care Staff-To-Child Ratio Worksheet — Group Child Care Centers, to adjust the staff-to-child ratio. 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 251.05(4)(g) (g) When infants and toddlers are part of a mixed-age group, the size of the group may not exceed 8.
DCF 251.05(4)(h) (h) When the group of children is a mixed age group of children 2 years and older, the group size shall be determined by the number of children that can be cared for by 2 child care workers as determined by the staff-to-child prorata requirement under par. (f).
DCF 251.05(4)(i) (i) In a center with 9 or more children present, there shall be at least 2 adults available in the center at all times. At least one of the adults shall be a child care worker directly involved in the supervision and care of the children.
DCF 251.05(4)(j) (j) When 9 or more children are on a field trip there shall be at least 2 child care workers accompanying the children and the staff-to-child ratios in Table DCF 251.05-D shall be maintained. At least one of the child care workers shall be a child care teacher.
DCF 251.05(4)(k) (k) Support staff, such as clerical, housekeeping and food service staff, may only be considered in determining the staff-to-child ratios:
DCF 251.05(4)(k)1. 1. During those hours when they give full attention to the care and supervision of children.
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