Equipment used for climbing should not be placed over, or immediately next to, hard surfaces not intended for use as surfacing for climbing equipment. All pieces of playground equipment should be placed over a shock-absorbing material that is either the unitary or the loose-fill type extending beyond the perimeter of the stationary equipment.
The facility should maintain up-to-date first aid and emergency supplies in each location in which children are cared. First aid kits or supplies should be restocked after each use.
Programs should have a procedure for responding to situations when an immediate emergency medical response is required. Emergency procedures should be posted and readily accessible. All providers and/or staff should be trained to manage an emergency until emergency medical care becomes available.
The indoor and outdoor play areas and equipment should be inspected daily for basic health and safety. Any problems should be corrected before the playground is used by children.
Programs should develop and follow procedures for the preparation and storage of infant formula that ensures the health and safety of all infants.
During an identified outbreak of any reportable illness at the program, a child or staff member should be excluded if the local health department official or primary health care provider suspects that the child or staff member is contributing to transmission of the illness, is not adequately immunized when there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, or the circulating pathogen poses an increased risk to the individual.
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Early Childhood State Advisory Councils (SACs) work to improve the quality, availability, and coordination of programs and services for children ages birth to 5.
The program should conform to applicable portions of the FDA Food Code and all applicable state and local food service rules and regulations for centers and family child care homes regarding safe food protection and sanitation practices.