On Friday, May 10, 2013 Governor Pence signed a bill that will add new health and safety requirements for all Indiana Child Care Providers who accept payment for child care through the CCDF voucher system.
In addition to the current standards some of the new regulations include:
- Provider must ensure that ALL caregivers that care for children under 12 months of age must follow safe sleeping practices.
- A provider shall meet sanitation standards for bathrooms and handwashing, as established by the division.
- A provider shall:
(1) maintain a written child discipline policy;
(2) ensure that all employees and volunteers follow the child discipline policy;
(3) provide to the parent or legal guardian of each child cared for by the provider a written copy of the child discipline policy; and
(4) maintain in each child’s file a copy of the child discipline
- Unsupervised caregivers must be at least 18 years of age.
- The provider must verify that an employee or a volunteer has received training concerning child abuse detection and prevention.
- A provider must ensure that medication is kept out of reach of children.
- A provider shall do the following with respect to transporting children away from the facility where the provider operates a child care program:
(1) Obtain written permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian to transport the child.
(2) Ensure that the child is transported only by an employee or a volunteer who:
(A) is at least eighteen (18) years of age;
(B) holds a valid driver’s license; and
(C) transports the child in a properly licensed and insured motor vehicle.
You can visit here http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/SE/SE0305.1.html to see the entire bill.