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3.0  Health, Safety and Transportation

Founding Principles

The Early learning program has been giving a great responsibility for the health, safety, and general welfare of each child in attendance by the parent/guardian. It is then of the upmost importance that the staff have the best training in all areas of Health and Safety. Constant vigilance is required, not only to maintain the current level of safety, but to be aware of how the surroundings may not prove safe for young ones.  Active involvement from the teachers including sitting on the flour in a classroom would promote a view from a child's perspective. 

There may come a need for quick action, such as in the case of a choking child. Only with the repetitive use of training and practice will the actions of CPR or other interventions promote a positive response when there is not enough time to think. That is why repetitive training even over areas of safety that have been reviewed previously is continuously reviewed on a regular schedule. No matter how many times the playground has been inspected, it must still be inspected today BEFORE children are given access because today may be the day when a hazard is present.

NOTE: Health, Safety and Transportation Standards are listed below, however the Indicators of Compliance are not detailed. The Accreditation visit is primarily focused on the standards that define the early learning program, from its Vision, Mission and Philosophy of Education, Governance and Administration policies, Curriculum and its implementation into all aspects of both the children and families that are served including academic, social and relationships.

Before a facility can progress to the Accreditation level, they will have had to pass the Florida Department of Children and Families licensure process that focuses on the State's Health and Safety standards. If the early learning program is religious exempt through the FCCPSA, then the early learning program will have undergone a health and safety inspection. All FCCPSA inspectors are trained in Health, Safety and Transportation inspections, and will use the detailed protocols and checklist as a part of the inspection process. For a copy of the Indicators of Compliance, the program director may contact the administration office and a PDF version will be provided. Several of the checklist including, Kitchen, Playground and Vehicle Inspection are provided in the Appendix section at the back of this manual.

Many standards that have a clear Health and Safety component are categorized in different sections of the standards. Teacher to Child Ratios and Class Size, as an example, are listed in Section 6 Personnel of the FCCPSA standards. Standards in this section that begin with the number 3, and are in bold type, indicate standards from Health Safety and Transportation. Standards that are underlined but not in bold type indicate standards that are duplicated here. This provides the Center with one combined list detailed in the order of the Florida Department of Education, Office of Early Learning, Health and Safety Checklist.

3.1 Supervision and Access
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3.1.1 Supervision of Arrivals and Departures: Safe arrival and departure procedures have been developed that ensure all children in the program are accounted for throughout the day and released only to authorized adults. Children are supervised by sight at all times, and transition of children from one teacher to another or from one area to another is accounted for to ensure the supervision and whereabouts of children at all times.

Crossover Standards:
6.2.1 Qualifications of Program Director: Program Administrators
6.3 Instructional and Support Staff Qualifications
6.5.2 Ratios and Group Size:
6.6.3 Attendance/Monitoring:
6.6.4 Internal Communication Related to Supervision:
7.2.2 Visitation Rights:

3.2 Transportation

Crossover Standards:
2.3.4 Insurance: 
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3.2.1 Field Trip Policies and Procedures: Written permission and emergency treatment forms are obtained from parents/guardians for every student being transported, the form must be signed by a parent/guardian listed on the enrollment application. One permission form may be used for regularly schedule pick up and drop off, individual permission forms must be obtained for any other scheduled event.

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3.2.2 Vehicle Inspection, Permits, and Qualified Drivers: Current documentation is available on all vehicle safety inspections and driver qualifications. A certified mechanic verifying that all vehicles are in compliance with vehicle transportation safety requirements must inspect vehicles no less than annually.

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3.2.3 Vehicles with Restraining Devices and Emergency Equipment: Vehicles are equipped with age-appropriate restraint devices. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers never sit in the front seat of the vehicle, those over the age of 6 and under the age of 12 do not sit in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger airbag. One worker must remain with the vehicle at all times when children are inside. Children are never left unattended in a vehicle. An additional staff person is required to properly transition children from a vehicle in to or from any building. Emergency reflectors in case of a break down, fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit are mandatory.

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3.2.4 Qualified Drivers: All drivers are named as drivers on the insurance policy and hold a valid Florida drivers license including any CDL endorsements that may be required based on the vehicle's capacity. Are drivers must have current First Aid and infant/child CPR certification. In addition, drivers must have a Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination (DOT form 649-F) verifying fitness to operate a vehicle based on Federal DOT standards.

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3.2.5 Field Trip Policies and Procedures: The program has written field trip policies and procedures that ensure the supervision of all children at all times and thus promote the safety of the children. These policies are shared with parents/guardians and implemented by the program in the Parent Handbook. Attendance checks are logged before, regularly during, and upon return to the program’s facilities. Trip logs are to be filed in the centers office no less than weekly, and remain on file no less than six months.

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3.2.6 Communication Devices, Contact Information: The driver or a member of the staff has a cell phone for communication as needed. The emergency contact information to the center, director or other staff members and emergency services is always with the vehicle or driver. Current contact information for the parents/guardians of each child being transported is present any time students are being transported.

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3.2.7 Emergency Care/Medication: If any student(s) have medical issues that may require additional care or intervention necessary measures and supplies are available when the student is being transported.

3.3 Child Discipline/Discipline Policy

Crossover Standard:
7.2.1 Contents and Communication:

3.4 Physical Environment
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3.4.1 Lighting and Ventilation: The physical environment of the program provides sufficient lighting, good ventilation.
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3.4.2 Classroom Maintenance: The facilities are organized, well maintained, and free of vermin infestation, safety hazards, offensive odors or toxic plants.
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3.4.3 Cleanliness of Facilities: The facilities are cleaned on a daily basis, including sanitizing the bathrooms and removing trash. The facilities are free of mold.
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3.4.4 Sanitizing Toys and Equipment The program has an established plan of sanitizing toys and equipment regularly, but providing more frequent sanitization as needed to maintain a healthy environment for the children. Toys that are put into the mouth by a child are not to be used by other children until sanitized. Minimum sanitizing schedule:

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3.4.5 Proper Chemical Labeling and Storage: All chemicals, medicines, cleaning supplies, poisonous items and other “dangerous if swallowed” materials are stored in their original containers. All potentially dangerous products are stored in a locked area. An MSD (Material Safety Data) sheet is strategically placed near harmful chemicals.

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3.4.6 Tobacco, Alcohol, Narcotics etc.: The tobacco, alcohol and narcotics policy applies to all members of the staff as well as parents/guardians when they are on campus, or assisting in any program activity. Tobacco products of any kind are not allowed on premises. Smoking cigarettes (including the use of electronic substitutes which will appear to children to be the same as smoking actual tobacco) or having any form of tobacco in the mouth is prohibited on campus, during any activity organized as an official part of the program. Possession of, consumption of, or being impaired by, the use of alcohol is prohibited. Possession of, consumption of, or being impaired by, the use of narcotics or other impairing drugs even if legalized by the State of Florida is prohibited.
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3.4.7 Firearms/Weapons:  Firearms or weapons are not permitted on campus, program vehicles, or on any person located on the premises with the exception of federal, state or local law enforcement officers.

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3.4.8 Temperature: The physical environment of the program maintains a comfortable temperature no less than 65°F or greater than 82°F.

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3.4.9 Telephone: At least one working telephone is available to all staff personnel during the hours of operation.
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3.4.10 Classroom Size: Classrooms are suitable for the age and activities of the children in the program. Floor space meets or exceeds a minimum of thirty-five square feet of usable space per child.

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3.4.11 Classroom Age Appropriate/Safe Furniture and Equipment: The environment facilitates optimal age-appropriate learning experiences with appropriate and safe furniture and equipment. Including but not limited to:

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3.4.12 Classroom Arrangement: The physical environment of the classroom is arranged not only to stimulate learning by accommodating large and small groups of children but also to encourage exploration and experimentation. The following are examples:

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3.4.13 Classroom Children's Storage Space: Children are provided with individual spaces, such as cubbies, in which they can store their work and personal belongings.

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3.4.14 Classroom/Play Area Flooring: The physical environment includes appropriate room flooring and soft areas that are comforting to children. All floors used by children are swept and/or vacuumed daily. Washable floors used by children are mopped with disinfectant at least twice a week.

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3.4.15 Classroom Materials: Classroom materials are in good repair, non-toxic, stored and used in a safe manner. Toys and storage areas are inspected on a regular basis, to prevent injury from broken toys or equipment. No list can be exhaustive with children the following are examples for reference:

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3.4.16 Hot Water, Water Pipes, Heaters or Beverages: If heated water is accessible to children, it is not hot enough to scald, or cause discomfort to children. (110° or less) No hot water pipes or radiators are exposed in areas that children have access to. Hot beverages like coffee are not in areas where children can asses them or cause a spill.

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3.4.17 Safe Electrical Outlets/Cords: If there are children under the age of 6, electrical outlets in the wall are covered with a choke-proof, child-resistant device, in use, or otherwise “child proof”.  All electrical cords within children's reach are secured. No cords are placed under rugs or carpeting. This standard applies in every classroom or area where children play or have an activity including meal time, to prevent children from being shocked by electricity.

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3.4.18 Windows: If windows more than 3 feet above ground can be opened, they cannot be opened more than 6 inches or they are opened from the top and have safety guards, with bars no more than 4” apart. The safety guards must be removable from inside or outside by an adult in case of an emergency. Cords of window coverings are secured or out of children's reach. Windows that can be opened have screens in good repair.

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3.4.19 Director's Office: The facilities include appropriate office space for the director of the program that is sufficient in size and location outside of the classroom to effectively administrate the program.

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3.4.20 Staff Meeting Room: The facilities include an appropriate area for staff meetings and breaks.
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3.4.21 Storage Space: The facilities provide suitable storage space, for limited use, or special event materials and for classroom items to be rotated.

3.5 Outdoor Play Areas and Equipment
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3.5.1 Outdoor Safety: The program provides a balance of sun and shade. Ponds, wells, tool sheds, and other hazards are fenced or closed off. The outside activity areas are inspected daily before children are allowed to enter for insects that may cause injury such as ants, wasps, objects that may cause injury such as nails, glass and other hazards including but not limited to, broken equipment, fallen branches sink holes etc.

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3.5.2 Outside Security: The program provides adequate protection for the play area, including fencing that is no less than four (4) feet at its lowest point. Equipment is safe and well designed for safe use and properly maintained. A clearance area and fall zone that extends at least 6 feet beyond the stationary swing that surrounds swings and other climbing equipment. Each swing hangs at least 30 inches away from the support poles. Swing seats do not have pinch points or "S" hooks. Hooks at the top of swing ropes or chains are closed.

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3.5.3 Outside Maintenance: Equipment is safe and well designed for safe use and properly maintained. A clearance area and fall zone that extends at least 6 feet beyond the stationary swing that surrounds swings and other climbing equipment. Each swing hangs at least 30 inches away from the support poles. Swing seats do not have pinch points or "S" hooks. Hooks at the top of swing ropes or chains are closed.

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3.5.4 Swimming Pools: If the program has access to a swimming pool, a certified lifeguard or equivalent is always present. The individual serving as the lifeguard cannot be counted in the class ratio calculations for the group, or be designated as the individual reasonable for maintaining direct supervision.

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3.5.5 Adequate Outdoor Space: To accommodate the children’s various play activities, including open space for active movement, some play equipment and materials, and places for open-ended explorations. The outdoor physical environment includes seventy-five square feet per child on the playground at any given time.

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3.5.6 Playground Equipment: Playground equipment is varied and sufficient for the number of children on the playground at the same time. The playground is designed and equipped to provide optimal learning experiences for children. Outdoor play equipment is spaced to avoid safety hazards for active children. No trampolines are accessible to the children in care, except for therapeutic equipment used with supervision.

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3.5.7 Playground Supervision: Children are supervised at all times, and the child-adult ratio is maintained while the children are on the playground.

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3.5.8 Playground Surfaces: Wood chips, mulch, sand, and other cushioning materials of adequate depths are used on all surfaces. Under equipment such as swings and climbing apparatus, six (6) inches is recommended allowing for wear and time the cover is never less than three 3 inches in depth.

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3.5.9 Inspections and Repairs: Through routine inspections and resulting timely repairs, the outdoor play area is well maintained to prevent children from being injured by broken equipment, sharp edges, and rusty parts. If there is a sand area or box, it is covered when not in use.

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3.5.10 Substitute and Adequate Space Indoors for Large Group Play: When inclement weather prevents children from playing outdoors, alternative activities are planned to ensure large-motor exercise and to foster large-motor development.

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3.5.11 Maintenance of Buildings Exterior and Grounds: There is a process in place that ensures proper maintenance of the buildings, grounds, and equipment. Play space, including neighborhood playground if used, is free of animal feces, broken glass, paint chips, or trash. There is no flaking or peeling paint or bare soil within 15 feet of a structure.

3.6 Sleeping Areas:
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3.6.1 Sleeping Areas: Children are provided with sanitary, individual sleeping spaces and a mattresses or floor mat. Younger children will be provided with an adequate bed, cot, crib or playpen.

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3.6.2 Cribs and portable cribs: (full size and non-full size) used for babies have a date of manufacture label after June 28, 2011 or a Certificate of Compliance from the manufacturer. This does not apply to mesh/net/screen cribs, non-rigidly constructed cribs, cradles (both rocker and pendulum types), car beds, baby baskets, and bassinets that may be used.

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3.6.3 Washing of Infant and Toddler Bedding: Infant and toddler bedding is washed at a minimum of twice per week and more often when soiled, and it is used by only one child between washings. Bedding used by preschoolers is washed a minimum of once per week and more often when soiled, and is used by only one child between washings.

3.7 Hand Washing
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3.7.1 Hand Washing: Children and adults wash their hands after toileting, before eating or handling food, and as otherwise necessary to prevent the spread of disease. Hand washing procedures (Use soap and running water, dry thoroughly.) are posted in all locations that are used by children to wash their hands.

           
3.8 Toileting and Bathing Facilities
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3.8.1 Accessible & Appropriate Sinks and Toilets: Sinks and toilets are readily accessible to children. The number of sinks and toilets (child-sized ones are recommended) must be adequate for the number of children in attendance and easily accessible.

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3.8.2 Bathroom Sanitization:

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3.8.3 Facility Bathroom: Except in facilities that only serves school-age children, at least one bathing facility is available for staff members, which are not used by the children.

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3.8.4 Bathroom Safety: Any area with access to water by children, requires additional safety precautions. A secure step stool that will not slide from under younger children, but can be moved for older children if they use the same facility is to be used. Children under the age of two may be held while washing their hands. Children cannot lock themselves into rooms. Privacy locks on bathroom or bedroom doors are inaccessible to children, or locks can be opened quickly from outside. No cleaning supplies, plungers, toilet brushes etc. are accessible to children.

3.9 Diapering Area:
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3.9.1 Diapering of Infants and Toddlers:

 

3.10 Fire Drills and Emergency Preparedness

Crossover Standards:
2.2.2 Documentation of Inspections:
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3.10.1 Exits and Stairs: All exits are clearly marked and clear of obstructions. Doors are locked to protect form unauthorized access from outside. Multiple methods of exiting the building in the case of an emergence are provided. Exits are usable by toddlers and older children. Stairs have additional safety measures in place including but not limited to:

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3.10.2 First Aid Kits: The program maintains adequate first aid supplies that are conveniently available in the classrooms, and all activity areas, but not to the children. The program maintains a detailed medical log regarding the use of these items.
            Thermometer
            Minimum of one instant ice pack
            Bandages (minimum of 12)
            Three (30 gauze pads (3" x 3") or larger
            One self-sticking gauze roll
            Elastic gloves
            No First Aid Kit will have medications of any kind

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3.10.3 Fire Drills: An ongoing system of Fire Drills is in place to assure children are prepared for an emergency evacuation.

           
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3.10.4 Emergency Preparedness Plans: The program has a general disaster plan and/or an Emergency Crisis Manual that includes evacuation procedures and inside actions in the event of a disaster or crisis (e.g., snowstorm, tornado, lightning, flooding, fire, bomb threat, violence, and hostage situation). The plan includes at a minimum:

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3.10.5 Fire Extinguishers and Detectors: Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are provided and checked on a regular maintained schedule.

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3.10.6 Fire Safety: Flammable materials are not stored in areas used for child care. Children do not have access to matches or lighters.

3.11 Background Screening and Certifications

Crossover Standards:
6.2.13 Personnel Files:
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3.11.1 First Aid Certified Personnel: At least one staff member with first aid certification—and infant/child CPR certification will be present on the premises at all times. No less than 50% of staff will have completed first aid and infant/child CPR to met the minimum accreditation standard. All personnel should be scheduled to complete CPR training within ninety days of employment

3.12 Personnel Training

Crossover Standards:
6.2.1 Qualifications of Program Director: Program Administrators
6.4.4 In-Service Training:

3.13 Communicable Disease Control

Crossover Standards:
2.5.2 Admissions Procedures:
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3.13.1 Children or Other Personnel who are ill: A written policy regarding the attendance of children or staff members who are ill, have been diagnosed with a contagious disease, or have been found to have a communicable condition has been developed and made available to parents/guardians. An isolation area is made available for ill or contagious children while they wait for someone to take them home. The isolation area is:

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3.13.2 Notification of local Heath Departments: If the outbreak of any communicable disease is suspected the local Health Department is notified immediately. The Center will then comply with any and all directions provided by the department.

3.14 Medication
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3.14.1 Administering Medicines: A written policy for administering and storing medications has been developed and made available to the parents/guardians of the children in the program in the Parent Handbook. When ever possible the parent/guardian should visit the center to administer any medication. Medicines are securely stored and can only be accessed by authorized personnel.

The provider does not administer any medications and other remedies unless without:

 
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3.14.2 Medical Log: A detailed medical log is maintained that includes a record of all medications given to children, time parent/guardian was notified and by whom, the time and dosage of the medication and the person administering the medication.

3.15 Food and Nutrition

Crossover Standards:
4.1.2 Nutritional Guidelines:
4.1.3 Food Storage:
4.1.4 Meals and Snacks:
4.3.1 Standards for Mealtime:
4.3.2 Size of Furniture:

3.16 Record Keeping

Crossover Standards:
2.6.1 Records:
6.6.3 Attendance/Monitoring:
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3.16.1 Minor Injury: If a child receives an injury beyond a minor scrape or bruise, the provider contacts a parent as soon as possible. Parent is given a written accident report within 24 hours which includes a description of the accident, action taken, outcome, and how the child responded. Parent must sign the report to validate notification. Accident reports are then file with in the student file.

3.17 Plan of Activities

Crossover Standards:
5.1.3 Schedules and Routines: 
5.3.2 Emotional Development, Self-Awareness, and Self Esteem: True