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Child Care Licensing News
The Chapter 747 Minimum Standards for Child-Care Homes publication has been updated to include the revised rules that went into effect April 15, 2017. You may access the publication from the DFPS website at DFPS – Child Care Minimum Standards.
CCL created an online presentation to help you become familiar with the recent revisions for Chapter 747 which may be accessed at Chapter 747 Changes
If you have questions about any of the changes you will want to contact your home’s Licensing representative for assistance. If you do not know who your representative is, then you may contact a Licensing office near you – Local Child Care Licensing Offices.
A Message From Licensing
Since today is officially the first day of summer, we want to take a few minutes to remind you about summer safety. Water activities and field trips are good ways to keep children active and cool off but do require close supervision. Did you know that summer is the deadliest period for drowning and hot car deaths? So while the children are focused on having fun, your focus, as a caregiver, is to make sure that the fun happens safely. Below are some tips to help keep children safe around water and vehicles.
- Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among infants, toddlers, and young children.
- It takes only a few minutes for a child to drown, and it is a misconception that a child will make a lot of noise when struggling in the water. The opposite is often true—the child may slip silently under water.
- Never leave children alone around water whether it is in a pool, wading pool, drainage ditch, creek, pond, or lake.
- Weak and non-swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Children who cannot swim should be within arm’s reach of a caregiver.
- Don’t assume young children will use good judgment and caution around water.
- Secure access to swimming pools. Use fences, self-closing and latching gates, and water surface alarms.
- Make sure small children cannot leave the operation/house through pet doors or unlocked doors to access pools or hot tubs.
- Never leave a child alone in a vehicle.
- Walk and check the inside of the vehicle, both in and under each seat.
- Have a second person check the vehicle.
- Have a visual reminder such as a sticker, keychain, or hangtag that helps you do the walkthrough.
- Use the list of children to verify each child by name.
- Always lock the vehicle and put the keys out of reach of children.
- Use reminders that a child is in the vehicle. Leave something you need in the back seat, like your shoe or phone or leave a stuffed animal or toy in the front seat.
- Talk to children about the dangers of playing around cars and watch them closely when they’re around cars.
- If you ever see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 9-1-1 right away.
Consider sharing information about water and vehicle safety with the families you serve – the resources listed below on the DFPS website have information you can use.
For more information about water safety and vehicle safety please visit:
- Water Safety: http://www.helpandhope.org/Water_Safety/safety-tips.asp
- Vehicle Safety: http://www.helpandhope.org/Parenting_Tips/Articles/hot-cars.asp
Have a safe and happy summer,
Child Care Licensing
Child Care Licensing has revised the Health and Safety Audit for Licensed Child Care Centers, Before and After School Programs/School Age Programs, and Home Providers. The Health and Safety Audit is not available online so please save the revised copy.
Revised Health and Safety Audit(HASA):
Attached, you will find the revised HASA form. Providers do not need to complete this form, but you may use it as a checklist to ensure that your operation is meeting very basic health and safety standards. CCL inspectors will complete a HASA at each annual inspection. Any deficiencies from the HASA checklist will be noted on your 2936 Licensing Inspection form, that you receive at the conclusion of your inspection.
Revised and NEW Forms: CCL has revised and created new forms to meet the requirements in updated and new standards. You may find the updated/new forms on the DFPS website at:
Do I have to use the CCL forms, if I have created my own?
No, you do not have to use the CCL form. However, the forms have been updated to include components from the NEW/REVISED standards.
Revised Forms available on the CCL website include:
7263 Emergency Practices
2935 Child Admission Information
2947 Center Personnel
NEW Forms available on the CCL website include:
2550 Safe Sleep Policy
2710 Sleep Exception
2551 Home Personnel
1099 Discipline and Guidance
Coming soon: the following forms are awaiting publication so please keep an eye on the CCL Forms page. Revised forms will be dated “2017” in the top-right corner.
7250 Staff Training Record
7261 Center Records Evaluation
7259 Staff Records Evaluation
7260 Children’s Records Evaluation
1099 Discipline and Guidance Policy
2941 Sign-in and Out Log
Please reach out to your local licensing staff with additional questions or for assistance.
Child Care Licensing